Category Archives: Pelotonia

Stopping Cancer

CancerDeathRatesZoomWe are making progress stopping cancer through research.  We hear about new drugs and therapies on a regular basis, but we have a long way to go.  Lung, prostate and colon-rectal cancers are the most dangerous in men, and lung, breast and colon-rectal cancers are the most dangerous for women, according to the American Cancer Society.

Fortunately, thanks to past research, most people diagnosed with cancer survive at least 5 years, although the survival stats Continue reading Stopping Cancer

One Goal: End Cancer.

Newsweek Cancer IssueAbout 30 years ago Newsweek devoted an entire issue to the topic of Cancer.  In the introduction to the issue they made the point that we will never see “a cure for cancer”, because, unlike many other diseases like heart, kidney, liver diseases and diabetes, cancer is actually a family of diseases.  And the family is very diverse.  While some cancers have known cures, others remain challenging.  One important element toward developing a cure for a given type of cancer is to fully understand the conditions and processes that lead to its development, and that takes basic research.  The kind that public and private universities do so well. Continue reading One Goal: End Cancer.

Summer News

Photo by Jennifer Rodrequez
Photo by Jennifer Rodriguez

When I was in sixth grade at Lincoln Elementary School in Galva, Illinois, the town built a swimming pool at a new park that was within sight of the school.  My friends and I could not believe our luck.  In the entire history of the town, nothing as big had ever happened (well, for sixth graders anyway).  When the grand opening was scheduled for the day school was let out for the summer, we laid our plans to be the first in line.  That’s just what we did.  We checked in on the first day and did not leave until the day it closed at the end of the summer.  We had so much fun!

That was a long time ago in the days before Continue reading Summer News

Pelotonia 2012…180 Miles!

I missed my self-imposed Monday deadline for an RxTrace essay this week because I am still recovering from the Pelotonia cancer research fundraiser bike ride that I participated in over the weekend.  This year I roused the necessary donations, plus my own contributions, to be able to ride the full 180 miles over the two day event.

I have ridden in the Pelotonia since its inception four years ago and I can say beyond a doubt that Continue reading Pelotonia 2012…180 Miles!

The Good News About Cancer Treatments

Photo by Tony Basa

I haven’t had cancer yet, but according to the American Cancer Society there is a 45% chance that I will contract some form of it before the end of my life.  The same goes for you if you are a male.  For women, the statistics aren’t quite so bad.  You have “only” a 38% chance of contracting cancer before the end of your life.

On the other hand, the Mayo Clinic encourages us to view these statistics very carefully.

“Just because studies have found that men have a nearly 50 percent chance of developing cancer in their lifetimes doesn’t mean that your risk, if you’re a man, is 50 percent. Your individual risk is based on many different factors, such as your age and habits, your family history of cancer, and the environment in which you live.”

Well said.  I would add that it also greatly depends on if you, or someone close to you, uses tobacco or not.  The point is, some of us have a much lower risk of developing cancer and others have a much higher risk than these averages indicate.

For many people, looking at their family history regarding cancer can be scary, but it is the first step Continue reading The Good News About Cancer Treatments