Posts tagged ‘cancer’

September 1, 2011

UCSF Prostate Cancer Survivor Grows a Beard for a Good Cause

by Accidental Bear

Anything for a good cause with a beard!

(via www.ucsf.edu)

For the first time in his life, 50-year-old Art Wagner is growing a beard. He wants people to ask why.

Art Wagner

He will tell them that he is a survivor of prostate cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer death in men. He will tell them that he has started Septembeard, a charitable organization dedicated to raising money for research on prevention, better treatments and a cure.

Wagner is hoping men will grow facial hair during September, National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and that people will sponsor the hair growth by donating to his brand-new nonprofit, which officially opens today (Sept. 1.) The money goes directly to one of six leading research institutions on prostate cancer: UCSF, Johns Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson and Northwestern University.

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August 9, 2011

Raymond Johnson Denied Federal Aid For Breast Cancer Because He’s A Man

by Accidental Bear

All breasts not created equal.

Raymond Johnson

via Huffington Post

A 26-year-old South Carolina man received a surprising diagnosis of breast cancer after he visited an emergency room for throbbing chest pain last month.

But what came next surprised Raymond Johnson even more: He discovered he is ineligible for the Medicaid program that covers treatments for breast cancer because he is a man, according to news reports.

Johnson is uninsured, and in order to afford the treatments, his patient advocate suggested he look into a federal program that could help. The Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act uses Medicaid funds to cover breast and ovarian cancer treatment costs for people who can’t afford it,The Post and Courier reported. But a stipulation lies with receiving those funds: you must be a woman.

“Cancer doesn’t discriminate, so this program shouldn’t discriminate,” Johnson told The Post and Courier. MORE 

May 9, 2011

Are Gay Men More at Risk for Cancer?

by Accidental Bear
Normal cancer cell division from NIH

Image via Wikipedia

Cancer is never cute. Especially when it comes knocking on your communities door at alarming higher rate than other communities. Statistics have been gathered recently and findings are published in the journal Cancer. Large questions have been risen about the  results of studies. But it’s always good to find out who and why “something” knocking at your door.- AB

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Info via http://www.reuters.com/

“Out of 51,000 men, about 3,700 said they had been diagnosed with cancer as an adult. While just over 8 percent of gay men reported a history of cancer, that figure was only 5 percent in straight men. The disparity could not be attributed to differences in race, age, or income between gay and straight men.”

“A lack of hard data” on how sexual orientation affects the risk of cancer is “one of the biggest problems we have,” said Liz Margolies, executive director of The National LGBT Cancer Network. Margolies, who was not involved in the research, told Reuters Health, “It’s critical that we know that for funding and for program planning.”

READ MORE SOURCE: bit.ly/gzHzeL Cancer, online May 9, 2011.

March 2, 2011

News to Me; Half of Men Have HPV

by Accidental Bear

Another concern on the check list or least be aware of.

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Half of Men Have HPV

By Advocate.com Editors

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Half of all men may be infected with human papillomavirus, or HPV, researchers in Tampa, Fla., said Monday.

Because HPV causes anal, penile, and head and neck cancers in men, in addition to cervical cancer in women, the discovery may bolster the argument that vaccinating boys against the virus is necessary.

Go to HIV Plus for the full story.

 

January 10, 2011

Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch on Mend from Cancer

by Accidental Bear

The Beastie Boys, my high school heros and my teen CRUSHES, taught me to fight for my right to PARRRRR-TY! Theses boy are going to out last Rolling Stones and keep on dropping the beat. Timeless yet not shielded from the evils of cancer. We are all pulling for you Adam!!

Eighteen months after being diagnosed with cancer, Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch is on the mend — and the hip-hop icons are forging ahead with their comeback album Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2, due out this Spring.

 

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