JI’s biggest speech yet! He flew to the big apple today to speak at the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York to spread the word about 1-on-1 cancer support to the nurses, social workers and nurse practitioners.
Founded in 1884, the center sees hundreds of thousands of patients annually and makes a mark in their 23 story building dedicated to cutting edge research. Read here about their December 2009 news.
MSKCC also has a great section within their website on topics related to “When Treatment Ends” with tips on moving forward and a listing of their services for survivors. With monthly lectures and support groups, MSKCC offers wholistic support for the cancer community.
Our mission at IA: beginning January 1, 2013, every cancer fighter in the United States will have free access to a cancer survivor within 24 hours of being diagnosed. Supporters like MSKCC, who are open to learning and spreading the word about 1-on-1 cancer support, aid us in connecting to the fighters and survivors who benefit most from our mission.
LIVESTRONG and the YMCA are partnering up to deliver fitness programs tailored to cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. From muscle endurance programs in Ann Arbor, 24 Hours of Booty in Charlotte and Yoga in Dallas to nutrition in Des Moines, LIVESTRONG is helping the cancer community all around the country. Click here to see how you can participate!
In reverence to Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, we thought we’d shed some light on the disease that was diagnosed in 11,270 women in 2009. According to the Mayo Clinic:
“Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers that affect a woman’s reproductive organs. Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cases of cervical cancer.
When exposed to HPV, a woman’s immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In a small group of women, however, the virus survives for years before it eventually converts some cells on the surface of the cervix into cancer cells. Cervical cancer occurs most often in women over age 30. “(Mayo Clinic)
“Lack of screening is the most significant risk factor in developing this disease. It is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms, but can be found with regular Pap tests (a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope)”, according to The National Cancer Institute).
According to CervicalCancer.org: HPV is sexually and non-sexually transmitted. There are more than 70 different types of HPV. Some researchers estimate that this number could be even higher, with up to as many as 200 different types of the virus. Women are at a higher risk than men to get infected with genital HPV. Follow the link above for more information on HPV.
Our friend Meaghan Edelstein, founder of Spirit Jump, beat 3B Cervical Cancer at 28 after a rollercoaster of an experience, read her story here at her blog.
Check out the Top 10 Lists at PlanetCancer.org.
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Top 10 Uses for LIVESTRONG Wristbands (or in our case, IA Wristbands!)
10. Even your gerbil needs a hula hoop.
9. Use one as an emergency car fan belt.
8. Stick in front of teeth and behind lips, make scary faces and frighten small children.
7. Use four wristbands to suspend yourself from the ceiling of exam rooms after the nurse has left, thus avoiding unpleasant procedures or just scaring the living hoo-ha out of your doctor.
6. Make trendy 80′s earrings.
5. Slap one on your drink at parties to avoid accidental “sharzies” germs.
4. Keep your pant leg up so you don’t get grease all over it while biking all over New England on the Next Step/Planet Cancer survivor adventure.
3. Diamond rings are so 20th century – try a LAF wristband for your engagement.
2. Shoot at other patients to incite saline bag fights.
1. The latest in tourniquet chic.
Check out more lists, comics, and cancer tips in The Planet Cancer Library.
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Thanks to everyone who helped us to fulfill our mission of connecting cancer fighters and survivors for one-on-one support in 2009. Be safe and have a happy new year!
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