Every year, National Women’s Health Week starts on Mother’s Day. I use Mother’s Day to say thank you to my mom and show her how much I love her! National Women’s Health Week is another way to celebrate women around the United States by empowering them to make health a priority in their lives.
In 2013, Beau Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma. Beau was the attorney general of Delaware and served his country overseas in Iraq. As Joe put it, “Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.” In May 2015, Beau passed away at the age of 46. Since then, Joe Biden has dedicated his life to making strides in cancer research, diagnosis, treatment, and care.
Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22. Now is a good time to reflect on the choices we make and how they affect the environment. We can also think about this in relation to our own health and our risk for cancer.
Dozens of genes have been linked to both autism and cancer. For example, one form of autism is caused by a mutation in the PTEN gene – this same mutation is also linked to head, neck, thyroid, prostate, skin, breast, and lung cancer, and much more.
The Cancer Support Community did a study in late 2016 to explore this question and found that people with cancer face challenges with costs and delays in health care. The study asked participants about their access to insurance, services, and providers, and direct and indirect costs of treatment. By surveying over 1,200 participants who currently have, or have had cancer, we found that a significant number of cancer patients have to skip out on some health care services or prescriptions due to high out-of-pocket costs. Also, cost of treatment is not always discussed between doctors and patients, so many cancer patients go into treatment without knowing what they will have to pay for their care.