Thought of the Day: I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.

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Though of the Day: The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it. — Voltaire

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Laughing Medicine: Buy Me Out

A very successful businessman had a meeting with his new son-in-law. “I love my daughter, and now I welcome you into the family,” said the man. “To show you how much we care for you, I”m making you a 50-50 partner in my business. All you have to do is go to the factory every day and learn the operations.” The son-in-law interrupted. “I hate factories. I can”t stand the noise.” “I see,” replied the father-in-law. “Well, then you”ll work in the office and take charge of some of the operations.” “I hate office work,” said the son-on-law. “I can’t stand being stuck behind a desk all day.” “Wait a minute,” said the father-in-law. “I just make you half-owner of a money making organization, but you don’t like factories and won’t work in an office. What am I going to do with you?” “Easy,” said the young man. “Buy me out ”.

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Cologuard: an noninvasive colon cancer screening test

Cologuard is an easy to use, noninvasive colon cancer screening test based on the latest advances in stool DNA science. It is for adults 50 years or older who are at average risk for colon cancer, and it is available by prescription only.

Cologuard finds both cancer and precancer.

Here are a few other things to know about the test …

  • It’s used in the privacy of your own home
  • No special preparation, diet or medication changes are required
  • No time off is required

For more info, please see: http://www.cologuardtest.com/what-is-cologuard

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Thought of the Day: Don’t wait for something big to occur. Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater

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Thanks, Dad!

Father says to his son: “you are eighteen and are mature enough now. I allow you to start smoking if you want to” Son: “thanks dad, I’ve quit two years ago”

 

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Laughing Medicine: A wife’s smoking ultimatum

A man called into a local radio station and told the ”morning guys” that his wife had given him an ultimatum: until he quit smoking, he wasn’t going to get any sex. They asked him, ”How long do you think you”ll be able to hold out?” Reply: ”Until my girlfriend dies”

 

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Thought of the Day: Being true to self will sometimes mean disappointing others. Don’t do what’s expected of you, do what’s best for you…

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Thought of the Day: A woman wants a man that’s LOVING! Strong, but not overbearing. Ambitious but not greedy. A leader, not a dictator.

Happy International Women’s Day and Thank God for Women!

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Laughing Medicine: Three Wishes

A lady with bone cancer had trouble getting to sleep at night because of the pain. To make matters worse, her tomcat’s yowling would wake her up just as she fell asleep. “I don’t need this,” she raged. She had the tomcat neutered. A few months later she found an ancient lantern up in her attic. Just for kicks, she rubbed it. Immediately a giant genie appeared and offered her three wishes. First, she wished to be cancer free. It was done. Next, she wished to be young. It was done. Amazed, she asked for the third and final wish. “Bring me a handsome young prince.” The genie looked around and the only living thing in sight was her cat, which he immediately transformed into a handsome young prince. She swooned into the prince’s arms. When she awoke, the prince said, “Darling, I’ll always be at your side, but aren’t you sorry you had me neutered?”

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Cancer Fighter: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since August 10, 1993. She is fearless fighter for justice for all[1].

Justice Ginsberg became ill in the summer of 1999. Doctor thought she had acute diverticulitis, a disorder of the large intestine, and confirmed later that there was a perforation in her bow, caused her abdominal infection. Her colon cancer was discovered by accident. She underwent surgery which removed her sigmoid colon. Her cancer was classified as the second of four stages, invading colon, entering the outer muscle, but not penetrating through it. The cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes or any other organ.

In January 2009, tumor about 1 cm was found in Ginsburg’s pancreas in a routine checkup. On February 5, 2009, the tumor was removed and there was no lymph node or other vascular involvement.

It was unfortunate that Justice Ginsburg contacted cancers twice, but fortunate was that in both cases the cancers were identified in the early stage and outcomes of treatments were very successful. Her cancer fight stories has inspired and given hope to many in the cancer fights.

[1]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Bader_Ginsburg. Cited on March 5, 2017

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Thank God for Women!

Today, March 8, 2017, is the International Women’s day. The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911 and rallies were held across Europe, where women and men demanded the right for women to vote, work, and hold public office etc. One hundred and six years later, It’s a completely different world for women. Women are certainly driving forces for health care.

 Women play a critical role in not only making health care decisions, but also taking active roles as caregivers, advocates, and as a part of a support system for people battling diseases. Over 80% of health care decisions for the families were made by women. Women are the essential forces in the war against cancer. They are major forces in cancer patient cares and will continue to lead the war against cancer.

 Thank God for Women!

 

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Thought of the Day: Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, hey, floating around in space forever seems pretty cool.

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Laughing Medicine: Hospital of the Future

A large cancer hospital ran into financial difficulties, so the board hired a consultant who was known for cutting corners and who claimed that he could do it without having any negative impact on patient care. The trick, according to the consultant, was to do away with “unnecessary” big expenses like salaries.

How? He would create several complex machines that could take over some of the nursing jobs, like going into the patients’ rooms to check on vital signs. A special machine would be hooked up to each patient and it would convey temperature, blood pressure, and so forth — without any nurses needing to see the person lying in the bed. Periodically a bell would ring in the room to remind the patient to fill out an electronic form that asked how he or she were feeling. Only if there were no answer would a nurse need to go in and check further.

But the consultant’s greatest plan was to create a completely automated radiology department. This was quite important because radiation therapy is a large part of cancer treatment. So with great skill he designed the world’s first staff-less radiology department. Patients would be wheeled to the door by low-paid orderlies and placed on a conveyor belt, which carried them into a large room where the x-ray machine and various other types of equipment were located. With precise measurements and the use of elaborate computers the exact amount of radiation would be given to each patient precisely where it was needed. In fact, the consultant had thought of everything.

He realized that this would be a new experience for patients and thus designed an added feature to assure them that they were safe. Therefore, the last thing the human attendant had to do was to insert a cassette into a player that was coordinated with each step of the procedure. Then a gentle, reassuring voice would explain how each part of the process was designed to work perfectly. The day the new equipment was installed and the first patient rolled into the room, everything worked as planned, that is, until the conveyor belt stopped for a long time just when a patient was directly under the radiation machine. This was also just when the voice on the tape said, “Now lie quietly and still. This new improved system is perfectly safe. Nothing can go wrong . . . go wrong . . . go wrong . . . go wrong . . . go wrong . . . .”

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Thought of the Day: Make sure you’ve stopped talking before your audience has stopped listening.

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Laughing Medicine: Bad News

A doctor calls a patient to report on a bone scan and biopsy. The patient is out so the doctor leaves a message to call. As usual, no medical details are left.

After a day of telephone tag, the doctor and the patient finally get together on the phone. Says the doctor in a matter of fact voice, “I have good news and bad news. Which will you have first?”

“The good news.” “OK. The reports say that your cancer has metastasized all over and that you have 48 hours to live.” “You call that good news? It must be the bad news. What could possibly be worse?”

“Well, the bad news is that I tried to call you yesterday.”

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Thought of the Day: Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.-Anne Frank

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Laughing Medicine: As long as it fits a camel.

Two old ladies were outside their nursing home having a smoke, when it started to rain. One of the ladies pulled out a condom, cut off the end, put it over her cigarette, and continued smoking.

Lady 1: What’s that?

Lady 2: A condom.

Lady 1: Where’d you get it?

Lady 2: You can get them at any drugstore.

The next day, Lady 1 hobbled into the local drugstore and announced to the pharmacist that she wanted to buy a package of condoms. The guy looked at her kind of strangely (she was, after all, in her 80s), but politely asked what brand she preferred. “Doesn’t matter,” she replied, “as long as it fits a Camel.” The pharmacist fainted.

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Colorectal Cancer Prevention

Prevention is the best pathway to reduce colorectal cancer. To reduce the cancer risk and prevent colorectal cancer, the following activities are encouraged:

  • Eat a high-fiber diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains.
  • Limit red meat consumption and avoid processed meats.
  • Consume calcium-rich foods like low-fat or skim milk.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be physically active and exercise regularly.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t drink alcohol excessively.
  • Get screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50.

Colorectal cancer is preventable!

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Colorectal Cancer Screen

Regular screening is important for preventing colorectal cancer. Testing can often find colon cancer early, when it’s most treatable. Ninety percent of colon cancer begins when polyps become cancerous. A polyp is a small growth that attaches itself to the inner wall of the colon. Anyone can get colon polyps, but certain people are more likely to get them than others. You may have a greater chance of getting polyps if:

  • You’re 50 years of age or older
  • You’ve had polyps before
  • Someone in your family has had polyps
  • Someone in your family has had cancer of the large intestine, also called colon cancer
  • You’ve had uterine or ovarian cancer before age 50

The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is used as a screening tool to check for early colon cancer. Blood in the stool may be the only signs of early cancer.

DNA technology detects elevated levels of altered DNA and/or hemoglobin in the stool, which could be associated with cancer or pre-cancer.

Other screening tests include: colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, double contrast barium enema, and CT colonography (also known as “virtual colonoscopy”).

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