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Colon Cancer Early Symptoms And Its Three Main Functions

Colon Cancer Symptoms

Colon cancer is also commonly known as colorectal cancer or large bowel cancer. It is actually cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in males and fourth in females. It is second to cause death from cancer. Colon cancer can be defined in a simple way as a cancer ...

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Italian Charitable Sponsors Mammography Facility To Mbweni Hospital

Dar es Salaam: Mbweni Hospital in Kinondoni District of Dar es Salaam can now screen breast cancer. Italian charitable organization Ruvuma Onius Limited has donated the facility a mobile Mammography system, which costs around 80,000 euro. The breast cancer screening facility was handed over to the hospital by Mr Luigi Scotto, Ambassador of Italy to Tanzania. Thanking the charitable organization ...

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Young girls now for vaccination against cervical cancer

The growing number of cervical cancer cases has prompted the government to introduce the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine as a...

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‘I wish I had breast cancer’: Outrage at pancreatic cancer charity’s ‘repugnant’ new ad campaign

A campaign to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer has sparked outrage after the ads showed patients wishing they had more common types of the disease such as breast and testicular. Outrage: The ‘cancer envy’ campaign was devised by the charity Pancreatic Cancer Action to highlight the poor survival rates of the disease The ‘envy’ campaign was devised by the charity Pancreatic Cancer Action to highlight the poor survival rates of the disease. The crux of the message is that the disease has a five-year survival rate of just three per cent – compared to 85 per cent of breast cancer patients and 97 per cent of men with testicular cancer.  In the TV ad, genuine pancreatic cancer patients are seen saying ‘I wish I had testicular cancer’ and ‘I wish I had breast cancer’ as information about symptoms and survival rates appears on the screen. But critics have slammed the controversial campaign as ‘horribly insensitive’ and ‘repugnant’. Many took to Twitter to condemn the campaign. @lesleykinney said: ‘Your I Wish I Had Breast Cancer slogan is offensive, repugnant and hurtful towards all cancer victims and their families.’ @MBCNbuzz wrote: ‘Survival stats meaningless if you’re the one who dies. A death is a death.’ @BCCare said: ‘Unless you have experienced it yourself, it’s impossible to fully understand the brutal reality of breast cancer’ @ABHuret said: ‘Since when is “any” #cancer a contest? @OfficialPCA promotes misguided “I Wish I Had Breast Cancer”‘ @Lolly_Knickers wrote: ‘I understand that pancreatic cancer patients want a better prognosis and funding but you can’t use cancer as a competition.’ @bjj1212 wrote: ‘”I wish I had breast cancer”. Horrible insensitive campaign for those with bc and those who have lost loved ones to it.’ And @Brandie185 wrote: ‘I had breast cancer. I speak from the heart when I tell you I wish it upon NO ONE. Not a single person.’ But the charity’s founder, Ali Stunt - diagnosed herself with pancreatic cancer in 2007 at the age of 41 – defended the campaign. She told MailOnline: ‘When I was diagnosed I was horrified to learn the survival rate and actually found myself wishing I had a different type of cancer. ‘I understand that any type of cancer is a horrible, horrible disease – not least metastatic breast cancer [that which has spread] – and would not wish cancer on anyone. ‘But there are patients with pancreatic cancer who would prefer to have another type with a better prognosis [such as breast or testicular]. ‘Eighty-two per cent of patients with pancreatic cancer will die within a year and the average life expectancy is four-six months.’ She added that many patients have not even heard of pancreatic cancer before they are diagnosed with the disease – despite it being the ninth most common cancer in the UK and fifth most common cause of cancer death, killing 8,000 people in the country every year. Ms Stunt continued: ‘Awareness is key to early diagnosis and this is particularly true for pancreatic cancer. ‘In our case, despite the best efforts of ourselves and other pancreatic cancer organisations, for 40 years, pancreatic cancer patients in the UK have faced the same grim prognosis.’ But in a statement, Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said:  ‘We strongly dispute any message which suggests that one type of cancer is preferable to another. ‘We believe Pancreatic Cancer Action’s recent campaign does just this. I’ve yet to meet a man or woman with breast cancer who would consider themselves in any way fortunate to have received a diagnosis. ‘It’s utterly misleading to imply that breast cancer is a more desirable form of the disease.

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Vinnie Jones and wife both battling cancer

Hollywood star Vinnie Jones has revealed he and his wife Tanya are both battling skin cancer. The 48-year-old former footballer last night vowed to fight the condition with ‘everything I’ve got’. Jones, who played for Wimbledon, Chelsea and Leeds United before embarking on a successful acting career, told how he first noticed a lump beneath his right eye in February. He said he was stunned when doctors told him the growth was a melanoma –  a dangerous strain of the skin disease which kills around 2,000 people every year in the UK. He said his immediate reaction to hearing the news was to ask, ‘How long have I got.’ Speaking to The Sun, the star said: ‘Cancer is a horrible word to hear. I’ve faced the biggest and ugliest lads on the football field and been in some nasty brawls. But this is my toughest and scariest opponent yet.’ The lump was removed but two more lumps were later discovered. Two months ago Jones had a third operation to have a lump removed from the back of his head. The star is now being monitored with regular check-ups. Jones said: ‘They have cut out three bits so far and I’m constantly worried now about where I could find it next.’ Remarkably, Jones’s wife Tanya, also 47, has also had a number of growths removed over the past few years. It is thought that her condition could be a side effect of the drugs she has been taking following a heart transplant 26 years ago. Jones, a recovering alcoholic who has been sober for eight months, blamed his outdoor lifestyle for the cancer – aggravated by his move to Los Angeles to pursue his film career. Hollywood star Hugh Jackman, 45, also revealed last week that he has been treated for skin cancer, and had had a small growth removed from his nose. The Australian actor posted a photograph of his nose online after the procedure, and urged fans to seek medical advice if they have any suspicious moles. Jones said he hoped to work with Jackman to raise awareness of the cancer.

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Hugh Jackman treated for skin cancer after wife urged him to get growth examined

Hugh Jackman has revealed that he has been treated for skin cancer. Message to his fans: Hugh Jackman posted this picture of himself revealing that he has been treated for skin cancer, getting a growth on his nose removed The actor broke the news on his official Instagram account on Thursday, revealing that his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, 57, had urged him to see a doctor about a growth on his nose. ‘Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy she was right!’ Hugh explained. PageSix report that the 45-year-old actor was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, that can often appear as a red or pale lump. Urging his fans to take the same action should they have any similar concerns, he said: ‘Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked!’. The actor – who posted a picture of himself with a plaster on his nose from where the growth had been removed – added: ‘And USE sunscreen!!!’. The plaster had been visible earlier in the week on Tuesday, when Hugh was seen out riding in New York. Hugh is not the first celebrity to have urged fans to take necessary precautions when it comes to fighting cancer. In June this year, 64-year-old actor Samuel L Jackson encouraged men to talk more about cancer and other illnesses. ‘Guys don’t talk about their health issues, unless they’ve got a sprained ankle,’ he said. ‘We’ll talk about our injuries but we won’t talk about our illnesses, so I think it’s time we do that.’ The actor said he was motivated to put his weight behind a charity named One For The Boys after he learnt that friends had secretly coped with cancer without telling anybody. He said: ‘When they started talking about it, I realised most guys don’t talk to other guys about what their medical conditions are – especially cancer conditions. ‘And most guys think the only cancer guys get is prostate cancer, or they look at TV and see it as basically a woman’s problem, but it’s not. ‘So I realised that we do really need to make men aware of the fact that cancer is a very serious thing for guys.’ Meanwhile, it has been reported that Hugh has entered negotiations with Twentieth Century Fox about returning for another installment of The Wolverine. According to Deadline, Director James Mangold is in talks with the film corporation about writing another Wolverine film and Lauren Shuler Donner is being lined up to return and produce the film again, after her work on on 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013′s’The Wolverine. The storyline for the upcoming project is being kept under wraps, but some believe the plot could follow on from the character’s antics in next year’s hotly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past. @MailOnline

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Surgeons discuss cancer management

Members of the Rwanda Surgical Society (RSS) have said that there are still challenges in management of non-communicable diseases, especially cancers, in the low-resource countries. They raised the concern during a forum held in Kigali bringing together members of the body. According to Dr Emile Rwamasirabo, the head of surgeons in Rwanda, non -ommunicable diseases are increasingly becoming a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the country. “This conference will focus on the role of surgeons in the management of cancers. The most common cancers in the country include prostate cancer for men, breast cancer for women, and kidney and blood cancer in children,” Dr Rwamasirabo, who is also the chief executive of King Faisal Hospital, said. “We started a cancer registry to record all cancers in the country, and because of increasing awareness among Rwandans, today we are able to detect more cancers early enough,” he added. Dr Pacifique Mugenzi, an oncologist at Rwanda Military Hospital, Kanombe, said cancer treatment modalities revolve around surgery. “Cancer surgery is an operation to repair or remove part of your body to diagnose or treat cancer. This, in most cases, is accompanied by other treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and biological therapy,” Dr Mugenzi said. He said there is currently limited number of oncologists in the country, as well as lack of adequate equipment such as radiology machine. The oncologist said these challenges are the reason patients are still referred to foreign hospitals for treatment. “On average, I attend to 10 patients per day,” he said. By Irene Nayebare ,The New Times

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