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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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“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”- Leonard Bernstein

1/25/14

Reply

A few months go by,

Will you forget me?

Reply,

Mapping out the future,

A race against time,

Love Always, Your friend,

Reply,

Hope things are well,

Miss you here,

Reply,

It’s been awhile,

Just thought I would say,

Hello,

Reply,

Always on the road,

Things are well,

Reply,

I wish I could say,

That my biggest fear,

Is that you,

Will not,

Reply.

©Nicole Corbin

A small preview of what is to come: It begins now…

I have so many new ideas for TOAM I cannot wait to get started on all these new projects!

First off, TOAM will be getting updated a lot more ( since I now have a stable internet connnection!)

I plan on continuing again this year  with the All Cancer Awareness posts as well as posting my poetry. I am hoping to also add to TOAM articles about animals and music (and probably lots of other topics too just to bring out some variety to the posts!)  

I am currently working on designing a new logo and updating pictures to bring in 2014 with a new look. (So far I think its coming out pretty awesome if I say so myself!) 

So long story short- Expect more this year from Twist Of A Millennia!!!

 

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