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Today is National Cancer Survivors Day

Everyone likes to feel like they’re part of a crowd. Except when it comes to the “cancer crowd.” That’s a crowd we’d all like to avoid. In January of 2010, I became part of the cancer crowd. One of those people who heard the words you never want to hear: “it’s cancer.” What I heard […]

Father's Day tribute shows the importance of cancer prevention and early detection

I always thought my father had nine lives. My father had a few close calls with death during his life but he amazingly always seemed to come through. As a boy he was very sick with rheumatic fever, a very serious and sometimes fatal disease, but managed to recover. During college he broke his neck […]

Sunny Walia's Skin Cancer Screening Story

The Determined Dermatologist It’s no surprise that dermatologists care about skin cancer. But what happens to a dermatologist who has a family member diagnosed with the disease? Sunny Walia, assistant professor of dermatology and director of dermatologic laser surgery at George Washington University knows everything there is to know about sun safety, but when someone […]

Mary Ellen Kirkbride’s Lung Cancer Story

A True Fighter Nearly five years ago, Mary-Ellen Kirkbride responded to a lung cancer researcher’s call for help. Her intent was simple — to honor her father’s memory. Little did she know her own life was about to be saved. Kirkbride knew the lung cancer statistics all too well. She had lost her father to lung cancer years […]

Colorectal Screening Story: Patrick and Michael Skehan

The funeral was packed with over 300 people, each one wanting to pay their respects to Patrick Skehan – one of the most light-hearted and caring 60-year olds they’d ever met. As they picked up funeral programs and prayer cards, many also took colorectal cancer awareness “buddy” bracelets and cancer prevention pamphlets provided by the […]

Donna Gutierrez's Breast Cancer Story

A Wake-Up Call From Cancer Donna Gutierrez, a home mortgage broker in Virginia, was living the fast life. A single mother with two grown children, she barely ate anything and kept long hours at work. “I lived off of coffee and cigarettes,” Gutierrez admits. Her hectic, commission-based job left her with no time for friends […]

Grace Bender's Breast Cancer Story

Armed with Information If watching her mother have a radical mastectomy, her father suffer from kidney cancer and her brother struggle with multiple myeloma taught Grace Bender anything, it was to pay attention to her health and ever-evolving medical technology. “I read a lot about health issues because of my interest in helping people become their […]

Heather Banz: Skin Cancer Survivor

Dear Prevent Cancer: I was diagnosed with melanoma about 5 years ago, when I was 35. I had a mole on my stomach that was starting to flake and looked red. I assumed that it was from my waist band rubbing the mole and irritating it. When I went to my doctor for my annual […]

Gordon Cole's Prostate Cancer Screening Story

Cancer Survivor, Squared When his doctor diagnosed him with prostate cancer, Gordon Cole’s reaction was not what one would have expected. He didn’t think, I’m going to beat this. And he didn’t think, I wish I’d climbed Everest. Sitting in his doctor’s office, he thought, Oh, no! Now there’s another area I’ll have to research! In August […]

Mayor Thomas Menino: Skin Cancer Survivor

Mayor’s Message is Loud and Clear The mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, is also a skin cancer survivor. As an advocate for raising skin cancer awareness, he declared April 22, 2008 “Sunwise Day” in Boston to remind people that with the warmer weather comes sun responsibility. To commemorate the event, he partnered with the U.S. Environmental […]