Being declared cancer-free is something to celebrate. But for many patients, that milestone comes with a mix of emotions – joy, anger, relief, sadness, confusion, and even guilt. Transitioning from patient to survivor is not a destination. Rather, it is the beginning of a new normal. By Guillermo Lazo, MD
Other Suggested Tips
Wear sun-protective clothing, along with hats, pants, and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Avoid tanning beds because they are directly linked to skin cancer.
Stay in the shade as frequently as possible. The sun’s rays are very strong between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Apply 15 minutes before going outside. This gives the sunscreen enough time to absorb into your skin.
Always use enough sunscreen. Apply liberally to make sure your skin is protected.
Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours. If you are in the water or sweating, opt to apply it even more frequently. Dealing with a Sunburn: Sometimes sunburn happens, even if precautions are taken. Sunburn is a painful reminder of the importance of sunscreen. Here are some ways to treat sunburn.
Stay hydrated and drink a lot of water. This helps your skin rejuvenate and heal.
Take a pain reliever with an anti-inflammatory, such as Ibuprofen. This will help reduce the swelling associated with a sunburn.
Watch for blistering, which may require medical treatment.
New Ways to Find the Oldest Disease
Is cancer caused by our modern lifestyle? Or have humans virtually always had cancer? Researchers continue to seek answers, and in fact, British scientists recently found a 3,000-year-old skeleton with soft tissue cancer tumors throughout the body. In any case, it’s clear that modern medicine and science have dramatically improved our ability to fight, and detect early this ancient disease.
The reality is you’re never too young to develop cancer. In fact, every year more than 60,000 Americans age 20-39 are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in this age group, following accidents, suicide, and homicide. It is the main cause for disease-related death among young women and second among young men.
Lung cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. Each year it kills more people than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. In 2015, there will be an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer cases diagnosed and 589,430 cancer deaths in the US.
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common cancer originating from the colon or rectum. In the United States it is the third most common type of cancer (excluding skin cancers) and is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths. For the year 2015, it is estimated that about 140,000 new cases of CRC will occur. Out of these new cases, approximately 50,000 will result in death. Although CRC is very common in the United States, it is also one of the most preventable cancers due to the fact that many screening modalities are available to detect it at an early stage.
The American Cancer Society recently released its 2015 Cancer Facts & Figures showing that new cases of the most common forms of cancer, including lung, colon, and prostate, are decreasing across the United States. Cancer prevention and treatment is better today than at any time in history, so it makes sense that increased awareness of these common cancers, combined with early screening and detection, is leading to a decreased number of cases.