What to know about hair products and how they can increase your risk of breast, ovarian cancer
Studies have found that certain hair products have been associated with breast and ovarian cancers. The newly released study identified a significant association between a specific type of hair product and cancer.
Vitamin supplements don’t help prevent heart disease or cancer, experts say
Vitamins and minerals are essential to maintaining normal health and a normal metabolism. However, the real question is whether you benefit from getting more vitamins and minerals than you would naturally from a well-rounded diet.
Cheron Sanders starts nonprofit organization to support Metro Detroit women battling breast cancer
She uses her voice every day as the program director for Mix 92.3 and on-air personality. Now, she’s using her voice for the greater good. This week in Your Neighborhood, meet Cheron Sanders, A true “shero.”
‘A godsend’: Rose’s House for breast cancer warriors helps first ‘grateful’ guest through major post-op recovery
Last year, it was just a dream -- serving as a safe haven of comfort and peace, for women recovering from major breast cancer surgery. Now, it’s become a reality for Pat and Phil Gonzales.
Mom opens artisan shop Downriver for a very touching reason
When you first walk in All About Grace, you will be floored by just how many items they really have. The Trenton handmade boutique hosts 97 different artists’ work and it covers everything from beautiful clay jewelry, to industrial-looking lights.
An important message from Paul Gross on Melanoma Monday
I’ve always been thankful that I was born with my mother’s skin…she has a darker skin tone that tans, and never had skin cancer in her life. My late father, on the other hand, had very fair skin. That, compounded with extensive sun exposure when he was stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico during World War II, caused him all sorts of problems later in life. He had several skin cancers removed from his head, face and ears, and many, many other pre-cancerous lesions proactively removed. It seemed like every few months he was coming home from the dermatologist with bandages all over his face and scalp.
Christy McDonald reflects on loss of beloved husband Jamie Samuelsen
DETROIT – On July 27, 2020, radio host Jamie Samuelsen announced on the air that he had colon cancer. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and she’s taking up the cause to honor her husband. She now has way too much of it when it comes to colon cancer. Even with Colon Cancer Awareness at what must be an all-time high. But that job is left to McDonald now because Samuelsen never got the chance.
Patient’s health journey influences design for new cancer pavilion
After Deidra Moody received cancer treatment at two different hospitals, she used her experiences to make a difference at Henry Ford’s new cancer pavilion, now open in Detroit. What did she want most for other cancer patients in the new facility? Before coming to Henry Ford, Moody went to another health system and was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at age 45. “Even though it takes more effort, we always recommend second opinions for cancer patients,” Bensenhaver said. So, we offered her oncoplastic surgery to reduce and reshape her large breasts and control the cancer,” Bensenhaver said.
Local colon cancer survivor urges screenings after losing sister to disease
DETROIT – March is colorectal cancer awareness month. Related: When should you start getting screened for colon cancer? A huge important part of my life,” said Linda Graffin, a colon cancer survivor who lost her sister to the disease. AdGraffin is now an ambassador for the organization, Fight Colorectal Cancer. “If I can save one person like my sister saved me, it’s worth it,” said Graffin.
Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer
ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 29: Former Sen. Bob Dole attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. Senator Bob Dole revealed Thursday he has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. “Recently, I was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. “While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own.”STATEMENT BY SENATOR BOB DOLE ON HEALTH CHALLENGES pic.twitter.com/ndRxqNWb30 — Senator Bob Dole (@SenatorDole) February 18, 2021Dole unsuccessfully ran for U.S. vice president in 1976 alongside President Gerald Ford. He ran a final time for president in 1996, winning the Republican nomination this time but ultimately losing the race to President Bill Clinton.
Recently diagnosed with cancer? What to look for in a treatment facility
Did you know there was a World Cancer Day? Cancer statistics can be jarring. The website goes on to say that the most common cancers (listed in descending order, according to estimated new cases in 2020) are breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, melanoma of the skin, bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, kidney and renal pelvis cancer, endometrial cancer, leukemia, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer and liver cancer. “Prostate, lung and colorectal cancers account for an estimated 43% of all cancers diagnosed in men in 2020,” the NCI said. Access to the latest advances in cancer treatment, research, clinical trials and support.
Detroit doctor’s research into prostate cancer saves lives
Powell, a doctor of urologic oncology at Karmanos Cancer Institute, specializes in prostate cancer. Local 4 is profiling Dr. Powell for Black History Month as a change maker in our community. MORE: Black History Month StoriesPowell grew up in Gary, Indiana and always knew he wanted to study medicine. So that was a devastating blow and that was my first actual, my first case of exposure to racism,” Powell said. Powell went on to medical school and became a successful surgeon, and thought leader in prostate cancer research.
How she became the first black woman to own a Tequila company
Today is the first day of Black History Month, a month dedicated to remembering the many black Americans who have helped shape the world we live in. In honor of that, we are kicking it off with a story about a local woman who is making her mark in history. Nayana Ferguson is the first black woman to co-own a tequila company, but it was not something she initially saw for herself. They both developed a love of tequila and decided to study it and learn all about it. He said he wanted to own a tequila company, but laughed it off as impossible.
Newly constructed Henry Ford Cancer Institute begins patient care
The newly constructed, state-of-the-art Henry Ford Cancer Institute in Detroit’s New Center area has opened its doors for patients. “The opening of the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion marks the beginning of a new era in cancer care,” said Wright Lassiter, III, President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System. “This investment is a testament to decades of cancer care innovation at Henry Ford Hospital, where we’ve developed and delivered first in the world care. “This is a transcendent moment in the fight against cancer,” said Steven Kalkanis, M.D., CEO of Henry Ford Medical Group and Chief Academic Officer of Henry Ford Health System. “At a time when our society has endured extraordinary challenges, the opening of this new Henry Ford Cancer Institute location in Detroit is a beacon of hope in the lives of everyone affected by this disease.
Metro Detroit family grateful for donations that kept young daughter alive during cancer treatments
Collecting enough blood donations to meet the constant need was a challenge for the American Red Cross before the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why one Metro Detroit family wants to make sure that blood is always there for anyone who needs it. “Without that transfusion, we wouldn’t have been able to make the step two, step three, step four.”Throughout her treatment, blood was critical. The family speaks about their gratitude for her blood donors every day. READ: American Red Cross hosting blood drive in Metro Detroit this weekAppointments are strongly encouraged.
Longtime Ann Arbor firefighter passes away after battling cancer
ANN ARBOR – Retired training officer with the Ann Arbor Fire Department, Craig Sidelinger, passed away on Monday morning after a nearly two-year battle with colon cancer. Sidelinger joined AAFD as a firefighter in 2000. He held the position for 10 years before advancing to training officer -- a role he also held for 10 years. According to AAFD, Sidelinger was the longest-serving training officer in the department. “He also helped teach public outreach such as Safety Town, Ann Arbor Ready, and the City Citizen’s Academy.
‘LokenStrong’: Community shows support for Oakland County deputy battling cancer
By his side, every step of the way was deputy Bob Loken, a master trainer for the Oakland County Sheriff’s K-9 unit. READ: K-9 community rallies behind boy battling cancer“If we could, we’d take that cancer out of him and put it in us in a heartbeat -- you know,” Loken said last year. The community he has served is rallying about Bob Loken’s family too. Friends and colleagues have organized Loken Strong, a Facebook page, website and GoFundMe offering ways to support the Loken family financially and emotionally. The Loken family is grateful.
People across country send gifts to Metro Detroit family thanks to social media influencer
The Brugnone family all contracted coronavirus while the father was hospitalized for a brain tumor, but when a popular Instagram influencer heard about it and got involved, people across the country pitched in. “I contracted COVID late March,” Rebecca Brugnone said. That was only the beginning of the problems for Brugnone and her entire family. It was one that the entire family -- including two children -- would have to face. “We were kind of preparing for his his surgery and we all contracted COVID again,” Brugnone said.
Crowns Against Cancer: Helping put smiles on faces of kids who need it most
You might remember reading about 4-year old Lena back when she was one of the many kids kicking cancer. “What our mission is -- we send children’s favorite characters to visit them,” said Crowns Against Cancer co-founder Ilinca Caluser. Initially the organization just visited children fighting cancer but now includes any child with any illness or special needs. During the pandemic they are seeing children beyond Metro Detroit and Michigan. “The Carr Center is a multi-disciplinary arts organization,” said Sarah Norat-Phillips, from the Carr Center.
Metro Detroit surgeon aims to reduce disparity of Black men dying from prostate cancer
DETROIT – Prostate cancer survivor Dr. Isaac Powell has treated thousands of cancer patients and has decades of research experience. He’s working on finding a drug that will fight the genes responsible for a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, particularly in Black men. When it comes to prostate cancer in Black men, the numbers are staggering. There’s also the fear of the diagnosis of prostate cancer, to many men the diagnosis is considered a death sentence. Powell and a team of researchers have identified a profile of genes responsible for a more aggressive prostate cancer.
University of Michigan researchers say new synthetic protein is capable of slipping past blood-brain barrier in mice
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – There is a new synthetic protein nanoparticle that is capable of slipping past the nearly impermeable blood-brain barrier in mice and could deliver cancer-killing drugs directly to malignant brain tumors, University of Michigan researchers said. The study is the first to demonstrate an intravenous medication that can cross the blood-brain barrier. Combined with radiation, the new intravenously injected therapy led to long-term survival in seven out of eight mice. When those seven mice experienced a recurrence of glioblastoma, their immune responses kicked in to prevent cancer’s regrowth. “This is the first study to demonstrate the ability to deliver therapeutic drugs systemically, or intravenously, that can also cross the blood-brain barrier to reach tumors.”
‘No replacing him’ -- Metro Detroit ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants remember Alex Trebek
DETROIT – Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek died Sunday morning at his home after a long battle with cancer. READ: Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek dies at 80 after long battle with cancerTrebek was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2019, and he continued to host Jeopardy! He hosted “Jeopardy!” for 37 years, recording more than 8,000 episodes. He holds the record for most game show episodes hosted by the same person. He continued working after his diagnosis, he never asked for sympathy.
Photos: Alex Trebek through the years
Alex Trebek, the iconic host of Jeopardy, lost his battle with cancer and died on Sunday, according to multiple reports. is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Alex Trebek, Vanna White, Pat Sajak and Merv Griffin in 2006. (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images) (Getty Images.)
Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek dies at 80 after long battle with cancer
host Alex Trebek died this morning, the show announced on social media Sunday afternoon. Trebek was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2019, and he continued to host Jeopardy! Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host JEOPARDY! “Today we lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family,” said Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment." ”We join our colleagues at Sony Pictures in mourning the passing of Alex Trebek,"said Kenichiro Yoshida,Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Corporation.
TODAY’s Al Roker reveals prostate cancer diagnosis
Longtime TODAY Show meteorologist Al Roker announced that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will be undergoing surgery to have his prostate removed. Roker said he wanted to publicly reveal his diagnosis to spotlight the fact that 1 in 7 African American men, 1 in 9 men overall, will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. “It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing,” Roker said. @AlRoker discusses the surgery he will undergo next week to remove his prostate. pic.twitter.com/hbNolSVUHA — TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 6, 2020“I don’t want people thinking, ‘Oh, poor Al,’ you know, because I’m gonna be OK,” Roker said.
Pilot program to be developed for genetic testing, screening for breast cancer in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. – A partnership between the United Health Foundation and the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) to develop a pilot program for genetic testing and screening for breast cancer was announced Thursday. Gretchen Whitmer announced the three-year partnership after she proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. READ: Ann Arbor native releases ‘Chemo Stories’ podcast for Breast Cancer Awareness monthThe American Cancer Society and MPCA will screen additional patients and engage high-risk patients and their family members in genetic testing. “One of the most crucial things we can do to prevent and treat breast cancer is raise awareness and expand access to health care, cancer screenings, and genetic testing,” Whitmer said. “As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, it’s important to remember that while we must take precautions to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s also crucial we seek important medical care and regular screenings that can detect cancer before symptoms appear.”READ: More Breast Cancer Awareness Month coverage
Ann Arbor native releases ‘Chemo Stories’ podcast for Breast Cancer Awareness month
Zaremba said through Zoom that her podcast series is part pre-recorded audio journal, part pandemic passion project full of intense raw emotion. The podcast series begins with her recounting the weeks leading up to her diagnosis, going through chemotherapy and sharing the best advice she received from another breast cancer survivor. She’s hopeful that her podcast can help others experiencing the ups and downs of their own breast cancer journeys or struggling with difficult situations. Through her experience with breast cancer and recovery, Zaremba learned that its ok to not know. Her podcast normalizes the breast cancer experience and offers listeners coping strategies that worked for her.
Newer breast cancer screening guidelines put Black women at disadvantage
Researcher Dr. Murray Rebner said the later guidelines are putting Black women at a disadvantage by ignoring some very key facts about their risk. While Black women are slightly less likely to get breast cancer, they’re significantly more likely to die from it. Studies find 23 percent of breast cancers in Black women are diagnosed before age 50 compared to 16 percent of all breast cancers in White women. Triple negative breast cancer makes up 21 percent of the cases in Black women compared to 10 percent in White women. READ: Study indicates that exercise can reduce risk of breast cancer returningRebner says the BRCA2 genetic mutation which dramatically raises the risk of breast cancer is also more common in Black women than White women who aren’t of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
How Metro Detroit non profit helps children overcome cancer, find comfort, strength
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Southfield-based non profit Kids Kicking Cancer is helping young cancer patients and their families through the most challenging moments. For more information, go here: kidskickingcancer.org. More: Your Neighborhood feature stories
Study indicates that exercise can reduce risk of breast cancer returning
DETROIT – October is breast cancer awareness month, a disease that one in eight women will develop in their lifetime. Researchers are looking for an effective way to both reduce the risk of getting breast cancer and up the odds of survival. There is good news when it comes to exercise and breast cancer. READ: U-M develops app that calculates risk of delaying cancer treatments during COVID-19HPV vaccine and risk of cervical cancerA new study confirms the HPV vaccine reduces the risk of cervical cancer. Those who were vaccinated before age 17 were 88 percent less likely to develop cervical cancer than their unvaccinated peers.
This is how you can tell early signs of prostate cancer
With prostate cancer being so common in men, it’s vital to know what signs and symptoms to look for. Acknowledging the importance of being proactive is worth reiterating during September, which is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. According to statistics, one in every nine men will be diagnosed with the disease, so catching it early has a better success rate of treatment. Here are some symptoms to look out for when it comes to prostate cancer:Urinating often, especially at night. It’s a scary thing to think about possibly having prostate cancer, but the sooner you recognize symptoms and get it checked out, the better chance you have of surviving the disease.