Showing posts from April, 2015

April is Cancer Control Month... and we ARE Controlling It!

Many are the statistics of women and cancer.  Some sources say that one in three women will develop cancer throughout her life. 

What ever the statistics, the encouraging news is that cancer diagnosis in women is declining. According to this year's "Cancers Facts and Figures" published by the American Cancer Society, death rates have been declining in men and women since the early 1990s. From 1991 to 2011, the combined death rate dropped 22%. Over the past 5 years (2007 to 2011), the death rate for all cancers combined decreased by 1.8% per year in men and 1.4% per year in women(1).

But what are the most diagnosed cancers in men and women? 

Recent news highlights the encouraging discoveries of cures for patients with cancer-- by women for women --some examples are listed below, but you can read all about it in the original source here(2). 
Kimberly Blackwell, M.D., director of the breast cancer program at the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, North Carolina, is researching a …

Supporting Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month

Back in November, The Doris A. Howell Foundation hosted a panel of experts that discussed the latest research, alternative treatment and caring for a Parkinson's disease patient.  We learned about the efforts from the Parkinson's Association to raise funds to continue financing and advancing Parkinson's Disease research.

According to the Parkinson's Disease Association and the National Parkinson Foundation:  
Parkinson's Disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disorder in the United States (Alzheimer's being the number one).60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease every year; that is 6 cases per hour, 164 cases per day. 1.6% of people over 65 will be diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.The economic burden of Parkinson's Disease is estimated to be around $14.4 billion a year in the US, and is expected to double by 2040.  But how are women affected by the disease?  According to a study published in the American Journal of Epide…