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Kick the Butts: Why Quitting Smoking Matters So Much

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jan 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Woman’s Hospital has teamed up with Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden’s Breathe-Free initiative, a collaborative effort by local hospitals to increase the awareness through the Greater Baton Rouge area of the dangers of smoking.

The following post was written by the American Cancer Society.

With New Year’s resolutions taking center stage in January, a great number of people use this time to try to quit their nicotine addiction and stop smoking. But that’s always easier said than done.

Health concerns usually top the list of reasons people give for quitting smoking. This is a very real concern: smoking harms nearly every organ of the body.

My Cervical Cancer Was Not Found On A Pap Smear

The following blog post was originally published from cervical cancer awareness website www.aboutcervicalcancer.com.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, many of those women below the age of 40 with no previous health problems.

My very first few early warning signs of cervical cancer were intermittent vaginal bleeding & clear vaginal discharge that appeared when I was around 22 years old.  My story started off  and I was about 19. I was having vaginal spotting and irregular cycles off and on for several years. When my menstrual cycle abruptly stopped, I thought there could be a chance that I was possibly pregnant, but after tedious tests, pap smears and exams that were done, all came back normal (they were negative for abnormalities or possible pregnancy.

I did have further testing done with a MRI because of the problem with my periods and that’s how I found out I had a pituitary tumor. A pituitary tumor is a type of brain tumor in the pituitary gland. With having the tumor, I nearly stopped having periods and it came almost to a halt.

Six Things More Cringeworthy Than a Mammogram

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jan 26, 2015 in Diagnosis

Let’s face it, no one really ENJOYS getting a mammogram, but it’s something we all have to do to make sure we stay healthy.

Still, it’s not the worst thing in the world to do. When you think about it, there are many things that are more cringeworthy than getting your annual mammogram, and here are just a few:

How to Keep Yourself Motivated With Your Resolutions

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jan 26, 2015 in Nutrition

Here it is again, that time of year when many of us resolve to start exercising. Most people start with good intentions, but give up by February.

Woman’s Center for Wellness has some answers to questions that are common this time of year.

Cancer Q&A: The Basics

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jan 22, 2015 in Diagnosis

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate.

QUESTION: Can you tell me more about the basics of cancer?

ANSWER: Cancers can begin in any cells that make up tissues and organs in the body. Normal cells grow and die in a controlled way. When cells grow old, they die and new cells take their place. Sometimes cells keep growing even though the body doesn’t need them, and sometimes cells will not die when they are supposed to die. These conditions can cause an abnormal growth that is more commonly known as a tumor.

CDC: Fighting the Flu Easy as 1-2-3

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jan 21, 2015 in Treatment

The flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. So far this year, 40 states, including Louisiana, have reported widespread disease activity, which has led to 20 deaths in children across the country.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created three simple steps that can protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu):

What’s Your Mammogram Personality?

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jan 19, 2015 in Diagnosis

When it comes to getting your annual mammogram, are you a Nervous Natalie or a Brave Brittany? Timid Teresa or Amazing Amelie?

Everyone has a different reaction when it comes to their mammogram, and no personality is 100% correct. Test your mammogram personality with our quiz before and see where you fall.

Susie’s Cervical Cancer Survival Story

The following blog post was originally published from cervical cancer awareness website www.tamikaandfriends.org.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, many of those women below the age of 40 with no previous health problems.

If you would have asked me what HPV and Cervical Cancer was 6 years ago, I wouldn’t have had a clue. My first visit to the gynecologist was intended to go find out about birth control, but instead I learned that I was pregnant with my first child. I’m actually not even sure when I was told I had HPV. My doctor didn’t tell me or explain to me the dangers of HPV. I actually didn’t learn how serious the situation was until after my daughter my second child was born. I remember being at home and getting a call from my doctor. My husband answered the phone and he was told that I needed to make an appointment right away. When he [my husband] hung up the phone he was concerned and told me that the doctor had just told him that I had cervical cancer. I was scared; I didn’t know what to think. Death never even crossed my mind.

New Year’s Resolution for Caregivers: Reclaim Your Life!

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jan 12, 2015 in Emotions, Support

The following post is written by Deborah J. Cornwall, author of “Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out,” and was published by the Huffington Post.

 

Charles Dickens’ opening words, in A Tale of Two Cities, aptly describe the paradoxes of caregiving:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…

Dickens’ words highlight the fundamental paradoxes facing family caregivers whose loved ones face a debilitating or life-threatening disease. Conversations with hundreds of cancer caregivers made clear the importance of the right New Year’s resolutions, since caregivers can rarely (if ever) change the course of the disease.

From 2D to 3D, It’s Mammography in a New Dimension

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jan 08, 2015 in Diagnosis

outdoor-blogIf you’ve seen Woman’s billboards and ads about its new 3D Mammograms, you’re probably familiar with how the 3D technology folds the images to give radiologists a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue, making it easier to locate and diagnose areas of concern.

In a way, the 3D mammography technology is similar to origami – folding a 2D, flat image (or piece of paper) to create something 3D.

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