Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and often occurs in the face because that is the most sun exposed area of the human body - this is with the cancers that experts believe to be largely the result of cumulative UV exposure starting off during childhood.
I recall distinctly the moment we received the news that my father had been diagnosed with skin cancer; it's not the kind of thing you forget easily. The bump on his eyelid that worsened quickly was more than just a bump, it was something that had the potential to change our lives.
This weekend we had our first AliveAndKickathon New England. This was the first venture outside my comfort zone. As always, I'm thankful. Thankful for those who tolerate my world, encourage me, and participate in whatever capacity they are compelled.
My mother would have named me Kitt whether I was a boy or a girl, and often introduced us to people, saying, "I'm Eartha and she's Kitt," as if I completed her. And, in some ways, I guess I did.
I am not angry at my doctor. I feel compassion for her, because she was trained in the mechanical model, but I write this today for myself, as a reminder that it is okay to take my time and listen to my body, even if there are time pressures and the schedules of others to accommodate.
It's said that laughter is the best medicine and for Yael Cohen, CEO and Founder of Fuck Cancer, that is her prescribed strategy in jump-starting conversations around cancer.
1,735 days and counting. That's how long our son, a sensitive, loving and talented 15-year-old boy, has been in the grips of debilitating, life-altering and totally consuming, neurological pain.
Some weeks ago I gave birth to a child after being pregnant for more than four years. The birth was postponed several times, but finally it came; along with 12 brothers and sisters, and with more than 1,000 parents.
The petrochemical lobby has the bucks, the high-priced ad agencies, lawyers, and legislators in their pockets. We have the truth and our creativity.
Cancer screening in general has come under concerted attack. Until there is greater progress in treating late stage and metastatic cancers of any type and in making the highly-touted biomarkers tests more accurate, screening is only way to find cancer at an early, curable stage.
Chronic pain is hard to explain and even harder for people to understand. They assume your new medicine will make you better. They assume you'll be fine once the medicine kicks in. But the reality is that most of my moments, even the most joyous ones, are quietly humming with pain.
In their Intellectual property case, the pharmaceutical company Novartis was asking to block a generic form of their cancer drug Gleevec from being created and sold by India. As a writer and also a person living with chronic myelogenous leukemia, I understand both sides of the battle.
I take my role as a Colondar model very seriously. When a patient first gets diagnosed with colon cancer, or any cancer, and sees that there a dozen people this year, and dozens more previously, who have not only survived, but thrived, it makes them feel that they can be one as well.
But what if you want to incentivize investment in bold new drugs instead of me-too drugs? What if you want to encourage research into new areas that tangibly improve people's health? Then maybe, like India, you would only grant patents when that higher standard is met.
Did Time promise M.D. Anderson favorable coverage in return for buying the ad? Both Time and M.D. Anderson told me that did not happen. But there are reasons to be suspicious.
It's always a little awkward to do self-promotion. Afterwards, I started thinking about the non-profit world, especially the world of colon cancer, and I realized that it's okay, in fact, necessary, to do self-promotion. Otherwise, you can't make a difference, and you can't get sponsors.