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“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”- John Lennon

3/1/14

Positive Self Reflection

My skin is made of ivory,

My lips, soft pink rose petals,

My hair is free like the wind,

That blows through it,

My eyes are as blue as the sky,

My soul is as deep as the ocean,

My heart beats to music,

My language is anything,

But ordinary prose.

©Nicole Corbin

May: Brain Tumor Awareness and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention

May is Brain Tumor Awareness and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention MonthBrain Tumor Awarenessskin cancer ribbon

 

 

Brain Tumor- An abnormal growth of tissue in the brain.

Skin CancerUncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells

Here is a brief summary of facts about Brain Tumors:

  • Unlike other tumors, brain tumors rarely metastasize (spread) outside of the brain
  • There are over 120 different types of brain tumors
  • A tumor can increase pressure in the brain, shift brain or push it against the skull and/ or invade and damage nerves and healthy brain tissue.

Here is a brief summary of facts about Skin Cancer:

  • Most common form of cancer
  • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer the the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  • 1in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • Most skin cancers are caused from UV rays from the sun.

Signs and Symptoms of Brain Tumors:

  • A new seizure in an adult
  • Gradual loss of movement or sensation in arm or leg.
  • Unsteadiness or imbalance, especially if it’s associated with headache.
  • Loss of vision in one or both eyes, especially if the vision lost is more peripheral.
  • Double vision, especially if associated with headaches.
  • Hearing loss with or without dizziness.
  • Speech difficulty of gradual onset.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer:

  1. Actinic Keratosis:
  • Scaly or crusty growths caused by damage from UV rays from the sun.
  • Growths commonly show up in sun exposed areas, such as the face, bald scalp, lips and the backs of hands.
  • Growths are often elevated, rough in texture and resemble warts
  • Often become red, but some will be tan, pink, red and or flesh toned.
    1. Basil Cell Carcinoma:
  • Looks like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps or scars.

  1. Squamous Cell Carcinoma- Uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells arising in the squamous cells ( upper layers of skin).
  • Looks like scaly red patches, open sores, elevated growths with central depression or warts.
  • They may crust or bleed.
  1. Dysplastic Nevi ( Atypical Moles):
  • Unusual benign moles that resemble melanoma.

V. Melanoma: Most dangerous form of skin cancer.

  • Often resemble moles, some develop from moles.
  • Majority of melanomas are black or brown but can be skin colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white.
  • ABCDE’s of Melanoma: A- Asymmetry B- Borders- Borders of early melanoma are uneven. C- Color- Variety of color is a warning signal. D- Diameter- Melanomas are usually larger in diameter than an eraser on a pencil. E- Evolving- Any change in size, shape, color, elevation or another trait or any new symptoms such as bleeding, itching or crusting.
  • Types of Melanoma:
  1. Superficial Spreading Melanoma- Most common type of melanoma. It grows on the top layer of the skin for a fairly long time before penetrating more deeply. It is usually discolored patches with irregular borders. This type usually is diagnosed in younger people.
  2. Lentigo Maligna- Also remains close to the skins surface. Often has a tan, brown or dark brown discoloration. This type is usually diagnosed in the elderly. It is referred to as Lentigo Maligna Melanoma when it becomes more invasive.
  3. Acral Lentiginous Melanoma- Also spreads superficially before penetrating more deeply. Appears as a black or brown discoloration under nails, soles of feet and palms of hands. Most common in African Americans and Asians.
  4. Nodular Melanoma- Usually invasive. Malignancy is recognized when it becomes a bump. It’s usually black but occasionally blue, gray, white, tan, brown, red or skin tone.

Prevention – Skin Cancer:

  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
  • Seek shade especially between the hours of 10 am – 4pm.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • Cover up.
  • Apply 1oz of sunscreen to body 30 mins before going outside. Reapply every 2 hrs or immediately after swimming or sweating excessively.
  • Examine skin head to toe every month
  • See physician every year for professional skin examination.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun.

Helpful links for more information:

http://www.skincancer.org/

http://www.braintumor.org/

Also if you haven’t already read the previous posts please take the time out to go read!

http://twistofamillennia.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/world-cancer-day-my-moms-other-vision-brought-to-light/

http://twistofamillennia.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/a-promise-kept-my-mothers-story/

April is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Month

April is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Month

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Oral CancerAlso called Oral Cavity Cancer, is cancer that starts in the mouth.

 

Head & Neck CancerCancer that starts in the head or neck region ( nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth salivary glands, throat or larynx).

I have included a small video that shows the treament course of a patient diagnosed with base-of- tongue cancer: John’s Story

Here is a brief summary of facts about Oral Cancer:

  • Some risk factors are smoking, drinking heavily, HPV ( Human Papillomavirus)and prolonged sun exposure.
  • Almost all Oral cancer begins in the flat cells that cover the surfaces of the mouth.

 

Here is a brief summary of facts about Head and Neck Cancer:

  • Cancer usually begins in the squamous cells that line the moist mucosal surfaces inside the head and neck ( Inside mouth, nose, throat).
  • Risk factors include smoking, heavy drinking, and HPV ( Human Papillomavirus).

 

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer:

  • Patches inside mouth or on lips
  • A sore in your mouth or on your lips that doesn’t heal
  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding in your mouth
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing
  • Difficulty wearing dentures
  • A lump in your neck
  • An earache that doesn’t go away
  • Numbness of the lower lip and chin

 

Signs and Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancer:

  • A lump or sore throat that doesn’t heal
  • A sore throat that doesn’t go away
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Ringing or pain in ears
  • Sinuses that are blocked and do not clear
  • Chronic sinus infections that do not respond to antibiotics
  • Nosebleeds
  • Numbness or paralysis of the muscles in the face

 

Prevention- Early Detection:

Early detection is key

Doctors recommend self oral exams monthly to help prevent Oral cancer

Doctors recommend a yearly physical examination of the head and neck to help prevent Head & Neck Cancer

 

Helpful Links for more information:

http://oralcancerfoundation.org/

http://www.spohnc.org/

Also if you haven’t already read the previous posts please take the time out to go read!

http://twistofamillennia.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/world-cancer-day-my-moms-other-vision-brought-to-light/

http://twistofamillennia.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/a-promise-kept-my-mothers-story/

 

 

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April 5th : A day to remember…

April 5th 1994-  20 years ago today the music world tragically lost the frontman of Nirvana: Kurt Cobain.

April 5th 2002- 12 years ago today the music world again lost another amazing talent the frontman of Alice in Chains : Layne Staley.

Here are a few videos and quotes from each of them.

RIP Layne and Kurt

“My bad habits aren’t my title. My strengths and my talent are my title.”- Layne Staley

 

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”- Kurt Cobain

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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Colorectal CancerCancer of the Colon or Rectum

Here is a brief summary of facts about Colorectal Cancer:

  • 3rd most common cancer
  • Most Colorectal cancers develop slowly over many years
  • Colorectal cancer usually starts with colorectal polyps ( Abnormal growths inside the colon or rectum)

Possible Signs and Symptoms:

  • A change in bowel habits
  • Diarrhea, constipation or feeling bowel doesn’t empty completely
  • Blood in stool
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • Weight loss for no reason
  • Feeling very tired

Prevention- Early Detection:

Regular screening is recommended for both men and women once they reach age 50

Helpful Links for more information:

http://fightcolorectalcancer.org/

http://www.ccalliance.org/

http://colon.cancerinformation.com/home.aspx

Also if you haven’t already read these 2 previous posts please go read them!

http://twistofamillennia.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/a-promise-kept-my-mothers-story/

http://twistofamillennia.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/world-cancer-day-my-moms-other-vision-brought-to-light/

“Sometimes you have to sacrifice your performance for high heels.” -Gwen Stefani

9/15/13

High Heels

I walk slowly downstairs,

Holding close to the railing,

I meet up with her,

As she quickly signs the card,

We leave earlier,

So we won’t be late,

In case we get lost,

I tell her I made the wrong,

Shoe choice for today,

She laughs and she says,

She knew she shouldn’t have,

Worn high heels either,

But, she loves heels,

As we continue down the,

Highway,

To an outdoor wedding.

©Nicole Corbin

World Cancer Day 2014

February 4th is World Cancer Day.

A year ago today I launched my mother’s vision of bringing awareness to all cancers not just lung cancer which she was diagnosed. Today is a reminder that I am a living legacy and I can carry out her visions. I will continue to share her story and bring awareness.

It is also a reminder of the bravery and strength of not only my mom but, my young cousin Kailynne. I know that they both watch over me.

Today is for you both.

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