Tresa Baldas Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 AM EST Jan 6, 2019 Kim Wesley's New Year's resolution is pretty simple: She wants to live. The 41-year-old single mother has eight young children to raise, but an aggressive skin cancer has spread throughout her body, draining her physically. She spent New Year's Eve getting chemo, her bright-blue eyes fixated on the hanging plastic bag filled with toxic, liquid hope. The Schwartz Creek woman, who was in remission for five years following a 2012 melanoma diagnosis, learned last year that the disease was back and had spread to her breast, abdomen, lungs and liver. She was blindsided by the recurrence: Two months earlier, a cat scan showed no disease, she said, noting her doctor said she was in the clear. But a routine mammogram in January 2018 revealed the cancer was back. Wesley would lose her red hair, her energy, her livelihood, her car — fallout … [Read more...] about Single mother of 8 fights aggressive skin cancer
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It is early morning in early summer, and I am tracing my way through the woods of central North Carolina, steering cautiously around S-curves and braking hard when what looks like a small rise turns into a narrow bridge. I am on my way to meet Tami McGraw, who lives with her husband and the youngest of their kids in a sprawling development of old trees and wide lawns just south of Chapel Hill. Before I reach her, McGraw emails. She wants to feed me when I get there: “Would you like to try emu?” she asks. “Or perhaps some duck?” These are not normal breakfast offerings. But for years, nothing about McGraw’s life has been normal. She cannot eat beef or pork, or drink milk or eat cheese or snack on a gelatin-containing dessert without feeling her throat close and her blood pressure drop. Wearing a wool sweater raises hives on her skin; inhaling the fumes of bacon sizzling on a stove will knock her to the ground. Everywhere she goes, she carries an array of … [Read more...] about How scientists are fighting the spread of a mysterious meat allergy
Video PUBLISHED: 13:15 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:11 19 September 2018 Steve Russell John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in Grease Picture: UIP How old do you think Olivia Newton-John will be next week? We look at her life and career: from East Anglia to Eurovision and Grease, and her fight with cancer Olivia Newton-John in 1994 Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA“Oh, she had a good pair of lungs on her as a baby,” says my mother, back in 1978, as Grease-mania grips Britain. Who? “Olivia Newton-John.” What? Okaaay… How do you know? “Well, I saw her. Her dad was a headmaster in Cambridge.”Tantalising. And, unfortunately, pretty much all. I didn’t pursue it then (big mistake) and my mother’s no longer here to ask.Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge in 1948 (yep, she’s not an Australian, as almost everyone seems to think). It was a couple of years or so after … [Read more...] about Why does hardly anyone know where Olivia Newton-John was born?!
Patricia Ansett Published 8:20 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 Aretha Franklin’s diagnosis and death from pancreatic cancer is likely to provide better insight into who gets it and why. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about it: How common is pancreatic cancer? Pancreatic cancer accounts for only 3.2 percent of all cancers, and 7.2 percent of all cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. An estimated 55,440 people (29,200 men and 26,240 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2018 in the United States. In Michigan, an estimated new 1,920 cases will be diagnosed in 2018, and 1,610 people will die of it, according to the cancer society. Who gets pancreatic cancer? It is more common in African-Americans, as well as all men, for reasons that are not well known. Though it affects people in middle age, it is mostly a disease of aging, with risk of getting it increasing at 55. The median age of diagnosis is 70. It is … [Read more...] about Aretha Franklin death: Common questions about pancreatic cancer
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has recently updated and modified its controversial 2012 recommendation to abandon routine screening of all men using the prostate cancer screening blood test called the prostate specific antigen or PSA test. The USPSTF is a government task force comprised of members from the fields of primary care and preventive medicine that currently makes evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services. The updated recommendation is that all U.S. men between the ages of 55 to 69 should consider PSA screening, after discussing the risks and benefits with their doctor. The panel recommended that men older than 70 should not undergo screening.MORE HEALTH: In praise of stay safe rules: Memories from a 'free-range' childhoodThe 2012 recommendation was of great concern to physicians who treat prostate cancer, survivors of the disease, and those at high risk due to race or hereditary factors. As a urologist who treats and has cared for … [Read more...] about Prostate cancer screening: An expert explains why new guidelines were needed