DPIC Cancer Awareness Bulletin


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June is cancer awareness month at Staff Management | SMX. To promote cancer awareness across our company, the Diversity Program Inclusion Council created this presentation to share statistics, cancer facts and testimonials from two Staff Management | SMX cancer survivors.

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DPIC Cancer Awareness Bulletin

  1. 1. June is Cancer Awareness Month for Staff Management | SMX <ul><li>How does Cancer Awareness relate to Diversity Awareness? </li></ul><ul><li>Cancer affects 1 in 3 people across the world, regardless of age, religion, gender, or nationality. </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors, those fighting the fight, or those who have lost someone to cancer, unite as a group to face challenges and adversity similar to any other diverse grouping of people. </li></ul><ul><li>Types of cancer can affect certain ethnic groups or genders more than others. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, colorectal cancer incident rates are high for American Indian/Alaskan Native women, whereas African-Americans are more susceptible to developing lung cancer. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Statistics <ul><li>1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Men can reduce their risk for some of the most common cancers by avoiding smoking and receiving regular colorectal cancer screening tests starting at age 50 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screening tests and the HPV vaccine can help prevent some of the most common types of cancer in women </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Fun Facts to Know <ul><li>FAMOUS CANCER </li></ul><ul><li>SURVIVORS </li></ul><ul><li>Robert DeNiro </li></ul><ul><li>Rod Stewart </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Torre </li></ul><ul><li>Nelson Mandela </li></ul><ul><li>Rudy Giuliani </li></ul><ul><li>Arnold Palmer </li></ul><ul><li>Olivia Newton John </li></ul><ul><li>Colin Powell </li></ul><ul><li>John Kerry </li></ul><ul><li>Nancy Reagan </li></ul><ul><li>Carly Simon </li></ul><ul><li>Sharon Osbourne </li></ul><ul><li>Edie Falco </li></ul><ul><li>Lance Armstrong </li></ul><ul><li>FAMOUS MOVIES </li></ul><ul><li>TO WATCH </li></ul><ul><li>Fight Club </li></ul><ul><li>Sunshine </li></ul><ul><li>The Shootist </li></ul><ul><li>Brian’s Song </li></ul><ul><li>The Bucket List </li></ul><ul><li>Phenomenon </li></ul><ul><li>Dying Young </li></ul><ul><li>My Life Without Me </li></ul><ul><li>Beaches </li></ul><ul><li>Sweet November </li></ul><ul><li>Wit </li></ul><ul><li>Stepmom </li></ul><ul><li>Ice Bound </li></ul><ul><li>Life as a House </li></ul><ul><li>Love Story </li></ul><ul><li>Erin Brockovich </li></ul>
  4. 4. June 5 th was National Cancer Survivor’s Day <ul><li>America's 12 million cancer survivors will join survivors around the world in observing the 24th annual National Cancer Survivors Day® on Sunday, June 5, 2011.  Hundreds of communities worldwide will host events on this day to celebrate life and demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive. National Cancer Survivors Day is a treasured annual celebration of life. Joy and hope, camaraderie and faith, and triumph over adversity will be on full display. It is a day for everyone, whether you're a cancer survivor, a family member, a friend, or a medical professional. This day provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors, and recognize the healthcare providers, families, and friends who have supported them along the way. NCSD activities will be as diversified as the towns and cities where the events are held and will include parades, carnivals, races, art exhibits, ball games, contest, dances, inspirational programs and more. </li></ul><ul><li>To learn more about National Cancer Survivors Day or to participate, please visit: www.ncsdf.org/ </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cancer Awareness Months <ul><li>January - Cervical Health </li></ul><ul><li>February - Prevention </li></ul><ul><li>March - Colorectal </li></ul><ul><li>April - Cancer Fatigue Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>May - Melanoma/Skin, Brain, Blood </li></ul><ul><li>June - National Cancer Survivors Day </li></ul><ul><li>July - Sarcoma </li></ul><ul><li>August - Pain Medicine and Palliative Care </li></ul><ul><li>September - Gynecologic, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Ovarian, Prostate, Thyroid </li></ul><ul><li>October - Breast, National Mammography Day </li></ul><ul><li>November - Lung, Pancreatic, Marrow </li></ul><ul><li>December - Childhood Cancer Awareness </li></ul>
  6. 6. SM | SMX Testimonial <ul><li>This past January I was diagnosed with Prostate cancer, and in March I underwent surgery to remove my Prostate gland. I am currently undergoing six weeks of radiation, which, I am sure, will leave me cancer-free. What’s important to know, is that Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men. African Americans and men with a family history of Prostate cancer have a greater chance of developing the disease. There are two annual screening tests for Prostate cancer. They are the digital rectal exam, and the prostate-specific antigen, or PSA test, which is determined by a blood check. </li></ul><ul><li>Prostate cancer is in my family history, on my mothers side. I lost two Uncles years ago, and my younger brother underwent the surgery last October. Anyway, my PSA score had been at 2.0 for years, then jumped up to 5.0. This was an indication something was wrong. I went for a biopsy, which showed my cancer was “High-Risk”, meaning it had grown to the edges of the Prostate. You see, the problem is when it gets outside the Prostate, and moves to other parts of the body, like the Lymph nodes, glands, stomach, liver, bones, etc. So I underwent surgery on March 23rd. I am so thankful I decided to pursue the disease when I did. The operation wasn’t bad, I was blessed to have the best surgeons in the world, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. </li></ul><ul><li>Please take my advice and see your doctor on a regular basis, (especially if you are 50 or older), and get your blood test and exam. If you have a family history, are African American, or have changes in your urinary functions, (more often, waking at night, issues with flow), the odds of you having the disease are greater. Remember…early detection is the key. </li></ul>SURVIVOR STORIES
  7. 7. SM | SMX Testimonial <ul><li>In 2008 I was diagnosed with Oticular Melanoma. Oticular Melanoma is a type of skin cancer behind the eye and only 2000 people per year in the US are diagnosed with it and it may flare up or appear when there is high stress or during pregnancy. In March I was having difficulty seeing, but wasn’t diagnosed until July. </li></ul><ul><li>In August of 2008, surgeons removed a 14mm tumor from behind my right eye. They were unable to keep my eye, so it was replaced with a prosthetic eye. I was fortunate, however, because I did not have to go through radiation or chemo therapy since blood does not flow through the eye. </li></ul><ul><li>I was off of work for 7 weeks and Seaton HR and staff were so supportive, respecting my privacy through 100% discretion. I never felt scared about keeping my job. The client at my site upon my return were a blessing. They received me with open arms, did not hold anything against me, and let me continue to train others as a certified fork truck trainer. Ever since, my disability has never been a factor in the improvement of my career. </li></ul><ul><li>Looking back, I think there are two important things to share from my experiences: Get insurance. You never know when you may be faced with adversity, and because I was uninsured at the time, I would have struggled without the financial support of surgeons and physicians. Also, people get scared when they are in the work place with an illness, but there is nothing more important than your health. Communicate with your team and make sure you address any issues you may be facing with your body with your doctor. Take advantage of the testing that is available. </li></ul><ul><li>I am truly thankful for my support system and I hope my story helps you all to spread awareness and to know that we can survive through difficult times together. I can proudly say that after only three years, my disability has become just a minor inconvenience. </li></ul>SURVIVOR STORIES
  8. 8. Research <ul><li>Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/CancerStatistics/ </li></ul><ul><li>National Cancer Survivors Day: www.ncsd.org </li></ul><ul><li>National Cancer Institute: www.cancer.gov </li></ul><ul><li>American Society of Clinical Oncology: www.cancer.net </li></ul><ul><li>American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures: www.cancer.org/Research/CancerFactsFigures/index </li></ul><ul><li>American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org </li></ul><ul><li>Huntsman Cancer Institute: www.huntsmancancer.org/cancerInformation/wellness.jsp </li></ul>
  9. 9. Please Remember… Early detection is your best protection. If something just isn’t right, go see a physician. Be an active participant in screenings such as breast self-exam, mammography, pelvic and PAP test, colonoscopy, prostate-specific antigen test, digital rectal exam, skin and dental exam. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO REVIEW THIS PRESENTATION!