Monthly Digest – November

Month Long November 1 – No Shave November It’s time to put down your razors,...

By Kate Dilligan | 02/11/2021

Month Long

November 1 – No Shave November

It’s time to put down your razors, scissors or clippers and grow out your hair for cancer prevention. No-Shave November is a month-long campaign to raise awareness and funding for cancer prevention, research and education. This year, the Prevent Cancer Foundation® is one of three benefiting organizations of this incredible campaign. Last year you helped raise more than $1.76 million! 

Sign up here to start raising money by growing out your hair to support those who can’t. Donate the money you would spend on shaving and grooming to help Stop Cancer Before It Starts!®  Put down your razor, scissors, electric blade and anything else you remove your hair with. It’s time to get hairy! Join us and sign up today!

November 1 – Lung Cancer Awareness

Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death for both men and women. This year, an estimated 228,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and about 143,000 will die of the disease.

Risk Factors:

Smoking

Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. In the United States, cigarette smoking is linked to about 90% of lung cancers. Other tobacco products such as cigars or pipes also increases the risk for lung cancer. Tobacco smoke is a toxic mix of more than 7,000 chemicals.

People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke.

Radon

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt and can get trapped in houses and buildings. It cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon causes about 20,000 cases of lung cancer each year, making it the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Other Substances

Examples of substances found at some workplaces that increase risk include asbestos, arsenic, diesel exhaust, and some forms of silica and chromium. For many of these substances, the risk of getting lung cancer is even higher for those who smoke.

Personal or Family History of Lung Cancer

If you are a lung cancer survivor, there is a risk that you may develop another lung cancer, especially if you smoke. Your risk of lung cancer may be higher if your parents, brothers or sisters, or children have had lung cancer.

Radiation Therapy to the Chest

Cancer survivors who had radiation therapy to the chest are at higher risk of lung cancer.

Retrieved from Prevent Cancer

National Family Caregivers Month

Celebrated every November, National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers. For additional information, visit the links below:

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Hospice and palliative care programs across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about hospice and palliative care. Hospice is not a place but high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness. For more information, visit the links below:

National Marrow Awareness Month

National Marrow Awareness Month is observed each year in November to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of physicians who perform transplant research and to acknowledge those who have donated stem cells and bone marrow in order to save others’ lives. For additional information, visit the links below:

National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

Stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer, begins when healthy cells in the stomach become abnormal and grow out of control. A tumor can be cancerous or benign. A cancerous tumor is malignant, meaning it can grow and spread to other parts of the body. A benign tumor means the tumor can grow but will not spread. Cancer can begin in any part of the stomach. It can also spread to nearby lymph nodes and other parts of the body, such as the liver, bones, lungs, and a woman’s ovaries. For more information, visit the link below:

Retrieved from Cancer.Net

National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Pancreatic cancer begins in the cells of the pancreas – an organ in the abdomen that lies behind the lower part of the stomach. The pancreas has two main functions. It makes enzymes that help with digestion, and it makes hormones, such as insulin, that control how our bodies store and use glucose – sugar that is the body’s main source of energy.

There are two forms of pancreatic cancer: exocrine pancreatic cancer, which accounts for approximately 95 percent of all cases, and endocrine or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, also called islet cell tumors.

Retrieved from AACR

Specific Date

November 7 – 2021 Komen San Diego More Than Pink Walk

The MORE THAN PINK Walk is Komen’s signature fundraising event. It’s a day where we can put aside everything else in our lives and share our stories, our laughter, and our tears to raise money that saves lives while we celebrate survivors, those living with breast cancer, and honor loved ones lost.

Retrieved from Susan G. Komen

November 10 – World Neuroendocrine Tumor Awareness Day (NET Cancer Day)

World NET Cancer Day is coordinated by the International Neuroendocrine Cancer Alliance (INCA). INCA is the global voice for patients with neuroendocrine cancer and genetic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) and their careers with a mission to: raise awareness about all types of NETs; push for scientific advancements with a focus on identified unmet needs; and to provide a platform for global collaboration to address the many challenges NET patients and the medical community face, in securing a timely diagnosis and accessing optimal treatment, support and care. For additional information, visit the links below:

November 18 – Great American Smokeout

November 19 – World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Retrieved from Cancer.Net

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