Skin Cancer

Today, melanoma, a type of skin cancer, is the most common cancer diagnosed in men and women aged between 15 and 44 (Cancer Council Australia, 2012). ›Skin Cancer is a type of carcinoma, cancers that begin in the skin or in tissues that line or cover internal organs.

Skin cancer has a huge impact on men and women; currently, one person dies of melanoma every hour (The Skin Cancer Foundation, n.d). Overexposure to UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds and the like is the primary cause of skin cancer, causing skin to change colour, burn or blister (Cancer Council SA, n.d). This can lead to skin cancer in the future. Check out this video to see the effects of tanning.

Because ›of the current social pressure to have a tan  from the media, many people spend too much time in the sun, especially without adequate protection from the suns rays. Also, many people use tanning beds to gain a tan.

The best way to ›prevent skin cancer is to remember to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SLAP, SEEK, SLIDE! You need to:
  • SLIP on some sun-protective clothingthat covers as much skin as possible;
  • SLOP on some water resistant SPF30+ sunscreen (at least a teaspoon for each limb and half a teaspoon for the face, neck and ears), 20 minutes before you go outdoors;
  • SLAP on a hat to protect your face, head, neck and ears;
  • SEEK shade, so that you are shielded from some of the sun’s harmful rays; and
  • SLIDE on some sunglasses. 

Some more ways to protect yourself from the risk of skin cancer are:
  • Planning activities outside the times of 10am and 3pm, when the suns rays are most harsh; 
  • Re-applying sunscreen at least every two hours; and
  • Wearing loose clothing when in the sun. 

Be sure to check for skin every three months. To do this, you can use the ABCDE test: 
  • Asymmetry
  • Border
  • Colour
  • Diameter
  • Evolution or Elevation

Statistics on Skin Cancer:

  • Over the past 31 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined (The Skin Cancer Foundation, n.d).
  • One in 58 Caucasian women and on in 39 Caucasian men will develop melanoma in their lifetimes (The Skin Cancer Foundation, n.d).
  • Until age 39, women are almost twice as likely to develop melanoma as men (The Skin Cancer Foundation, n.d)
  • The number of women under age 40 diagnosed with basal cell carcinoman (a type of skin cancer) has more than doubled in the last 30 years (The Skin Cancer Foundation, n.d).

›Always remember to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SLAP, SEEK, SLIDE, to prevent skin cancer!

Take care,

Bald Barbies Helping to Raise Awareness about Cancer

It is so good to see that Mattel, the maker of the Barbie franchise, is helping to raise awareness about Cancer. They have announced that they will release a bald Barbie doll next year (2013) in support of children who have lost their hair due to cancer, alopecia or trichotillomania.

Mattel decided to produce the doll after a Facebook appeal drew over 157,000 supporters. The dolls will come with an assortment of wigs, hats, scarves and head coverings.

The Facebook group responsible for the appeal, Beautiful and Bald Barbie,  has said that "[The doll is] also for young girls who are having trouble coping with their mother's hair loss from chemo. Many children have some difficulty accepting their mother, sister, aunt, grandparent or friend going from long-haired to bald."
The campaigns was supported with images of bald Disney Princesses.
The decision was applauded by doctors. "A hairless doll could really present a great opportunity for families and medical providers to talk about illness and hair loss with kids facing those issues,"  pediatric psychologist  Cori Liptak stated.
The Vatican newspaper also appealed to Mattel to produce the bald barbie.
It is certainly a victory for all that Mattel has come through with the Barbie doll. I grew up with Barbies, so I am personally thrilled and cannot wait to see it available in stores.
The doll will highlight that bald is beautiful and make children feel better about being bald or having bald relatives.
Take care,

Foods that Prevent Cancer

Eating a healthy diet is one way of preventing cancer. Certain types of foods and foods themselves have anti-cancer properties that can keep cancer at bay. So, here are some tips for eating a cancer-preventing diet:

1.  Plant-based diets (or diets high in plant-based foods) are effective at preventing cancer. Eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and beans will help prevent cancer. Avoiding processed foods is also helpful, as these have been stripped of their nutrients. (Paul and Smith, 2012).

2.  A diet high in fibre also helps prevent cancer, helping keep your digestive system clean and healthy. Fibre is found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, another reason diets high in plant-based foods are good. (Paul and Smith, 2012).

3.  Eating more soy products can prevent cancer. Phytonutrients (for example, isoflavones) that are found in soy products inhibit the growth of new blood vessels necessary for tumor survival. (Ask Dr Sears, n.d).

4.  Colorful fruits and vegetables are rich in phytochemicals, disease-fighting and immune-boosting nutrients. These help prevent cancer. (Paul and Smith, 2012).

5.  Drinking less alcohol can prevent cancer. It is thought that beer contains nitrosamines, a carcinogen or pre-carcinogen. Tannins, another carcinogenic compound, is found in red wine and some coffee and tea. Though it is often said that red wine has health-promoting properties because of the natural phytonutrients found in the grape skin, it would be better to simply eat grapes. 
(Ask Dr Sears, n.d).

6.  Drinking more water stimulates the immune system, removes waste and toxins, and transports nutrients to all of your organs. 
(Paul and Smith, 2012).

7.  Boosting antioxidant intake also prevents cancer. Antioxidants are powerful vitamins, protecting against cancer and optimising body function. Fruits and vegetables are good sources of antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium. Dark chocolate also has antioxidants. (Paul and Smith, 2012).


8.  Certain spices are also said to prevent cancer:

The following foods are also thought to prevent cancer:

1.  Bok Choy, a type of Chinese cabbage, contains brassinin. This is a powerful cancer-fighter, and is also found in broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts. Dr Oz advised that Bok Choy be eaten 3 times a week, in 1/2 cup servings, to obtain its full benefits. (Dr Oz, 2012).

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2.  An apple a day may keep the oncologist away. Pectin, the fiber in apple skin, can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and nourish cells of the intestinal lining. (Ask Dr Sears, n.d).

3.  Cooked tomatoes have more cancer-fighting properties than raw tomatoes, heating tomatoes changing the structure of the lycopene found in these fruits to make its benefits more readily available. Lycopene is a powerful cancer-preventer. (Dr Oz, 2012).

4.  Green tea has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, possibly because of a phytochemical it contains called 'catechins.' (Ask Dr Sears, n.d).

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5.  Flounder is a fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury. Three 6-ounce servings a week is ideal to prevent cancer. (Dr Oz, 2012).

6.  Garlic is thought to have some anticancer benefits. (Ask Dr Sears, n.d).

7.  The antioxidants in strawberries help prevent cancers. (Dr Oz, 2012).

8.  Artichokes contain 3 different cancer-fighting molecules. (Dr Oz, 2012).

Below are some anti-cancer fruits:

Be sure to try to make some of the suggested dietary changes, and add some of the suggested foods to your diet. This will help prevent cancer.

Try experimenting with some fun and tasty meals that include as many cancer-preventing foods as possible. What cancer-preventing meals will you create?

Take care,

Pink Accessories Day for Breast Cancer Awareness

In August, I blogged about how, at my school's recent Health Expo, I created a ‘proposal’ for the school to hold a ‘Pink Accessories Day’. It was proposed that, for a gold coin donation, students could wear pink accessories to raise money for breast cancer research.

Well, the proposal was accepted. Subsequently, my school recently hosted the ‘Pink Accessories Day’. It was a fantastic day and nearly all students and staff participated. It was very rewarding to see my school flowing with pink accessories, after all the hard work that went into the day. In all, just over $200 was raised, which is a significant effort for the small size of my school.

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I hope that this can inspire everyone to believe and understand that they can make a difference, even by doing something little. Everyone can do something to support cancer research.

What will you do?

Take care,
Madeleine Moore