Lung cancer was in the news recently! Conservative radio talk show personality Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 advanced lung cancer. (A few days later he was awarded the Medal of Freedom). While receiving this type of diagnosis is devastating, it sadly is an important reminder that lung cancer continues to kill more people than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.
For those who have no clue who Bob Marley is (which I’m sure is not many people), his full name was Robert Nesta Marley. He was a Jamaican singer and songwriter and one of the biggest influencers of reggae music. He was an ambassador for reggae all over the world. Unfortunately, in May of 1981, Bob Marley died at just 36-years-old from a rare form of skin cancer called acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM). I am fairly certain that prior to Marley’s death, many people were unaware of this type of skin cancer.
Many of you, like myself, may not have known that powerhouse sportscaster and Dancing With the Stars contestant Erin Andrews is a survivor of cervical cancer. Reportedly, Andrews was diagnosed back in 2016 and chose to keep this information private at the time. Despite such a scary diagnosis and doctors telling her to take it easy, she continued to work, never missing a football game.
Just recently, civil rights leader and U.S. Democratic Representative John Lewis announced that he is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. (Unfortunately, stage 4 means that the cancer has spread). “Lewis, 79, said he was diagnosed following a routine medical visit with subsequent tests that reconfirmed the diagnosis. The long-time Georgia congressman will undergo treatment for the cancer,” according to this CNN report.
Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, according to the American Cancer Society. The Society estimates that in 2019 there will have been 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer and 31,620 deaths from prostate cancer. Furthermore, about one out of nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Lately, actor Keanu Reeves has been getting a fair amount of attention. And it’s because of the woman seen regularly by his side at red carpets and other events. This woman is his girlfriend, 46-year-old artist and philanthropist Alexandra Grant.
I had my first colonoscopy when I turned 50 in 2010. So recently I decided I was due for a follow up since I am about to turn 60!
More than likely, you know someone who has had their life impacted by breast cancer. You may even be currently fighting it or have survived breast cancer.
If you watch WWE wrestling, you have probably seen Roman Reigns perform in the ring under the spotlight. He weighs 265 pounds and is 6 feet 3 inches tall. And with his incredible athletic achievements, you might even think he is superhuman.
If you do a simple Google search of “colorectal cancer and young people,” you will see far too many recent stories about people under the age of 40 afflicted by this type of cancer. It is reportedly the third most common cancer in both men and women in the United States. It is also the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in American people, according to the American Cancer Society.
On October 15th, 2018, Microsoft co-founder, technologist, philanthropist, billionaire (which he became at 37-years-old) Paul Allen lost his battle to cancer at the age of 65. The type of cancer Allen fought was lymphoma - not really a cancer you hear about as often as other cancers like lung or breast.
"It's not until they tell you you're going to die soon that you realize how short life is. Time is the most valuable thing in life because it never comes back. " Above are wise words posted on Twitter by actor Stefan Karl Stefansson before he recently lost his battle to bile duct cancer.
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