The C-Word You Don’t Want To Hear

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Black-SurgeonBeing diagnosed with any type of cancer isn’t cool.  The reports of various types of cancers linked to certain races are becoming less factual and spreading rapidly in people of all races.  Why is this?  We hear about celebrities, friends, family members and others being diagnosed and dying to cancer on a regular basis.  Fortunately, there are success stories and testimonies of people who have overcome their diagnosis and in remission however, we’re still losing loved ones to this dreadful disease.

According to the American Cancer Society website, cancer is the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases in which cells in a certain part of your body begin to grow out of control.  Although there’s many types of cancers, they all start out because  cells are abnormal and grow out of control.  With new studies and research, early detection is key to treating and preventing serious illness and death.

Last week, the gospel community was saddened with the news of prominent singer and Pastor Marvin Sapp’s wife, MaLinda losing her life to colon cancer.   We also witnessed on Friday( 9/10) another successful year of  the TV broadcast,  Stand Up 2 Cancer.  The telecast started in 2008 where Hollywood A-listers in film, tv, and music raised monies for cancer research.  Notables such as Stevie Wonder, Bebe Winans and Queen Latifah to name a few donated their time and talent for the worthy cause.  Millions of dollars were raised and 100% will be donated to cancer research.

No full-proof cure has been found yet.  Until that time comes, we can continue to change our diets, increase our exercise programs and get our annual check-ups to make sure we are on point.  All of these small changes in our lives make a difference.

Stand Up To Cancer 2010- Tribute (Stevie Wonder & guests)

All-Star Female Tribute- “Just Stand Up” (2008)-

(written and produced by Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio “LA” Reid)

Here’s more articles to read:

Blacks skip tests, despite high cancer risks

Prostate Cancer: A major health concern for African American Men

African-Americans Have Worse Prognosis At Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis

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