April: Lymphoma Awareness and Testicular, Head and Neck and Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

As the new Spring season unfolds before us, it is a good time to give some thought to the status of your health with as much conviction that many devote to the preparation of their lawns and gardens.  Personally, Spring is my favorite season of the year.  I am an avid gardener.  This Spring will be different.  I am preparing for a Stem Cell Transplant and because my immune system will be compromised, I will not be able to indulge in my favorite hobby.

I’ll find someone to take on this task or me, and will enjoy teaching someone else while my body recovers from the transplant.

The goal of Dora’s Lymphoma Smile Project, INC is to have an impact on the morbidity and mortality rates of Lymphoma.  Because other cancer’s can impact the lymphatic system, it is also important to bring awareness to these cancers.   An abnormal lymph node, may be the first noticed symptom of an underlying cancer. 

April highlights Testicular, Head and Neck and Esophageal Cancers.  Routine physical exams are essential for early detection of cancers.  Most people think more about prostate cancers when thinking about cancer and men.  Just as  women should routinely examine their breast, men should feel their testicles for any abnormal lumps, and changes in their testicles.

Many people neglect going to the dentist until they have a problem with their teeth.  When visiting the dentist, the dentist is not only interested in the health of your teeth and gums, but they also examine the oral cavity for signs of cancer.  It is ideal to visit the dentist every 6 months.

Head and Neck cancers include numerous cancers.  It is beyond the scope of this page to describe each in detail.  It is the essential need for a routine physical that can not be over emphasized.

The Ribbon for Testicular Cancer is Purple. Head and Neck Cancer’s ribbon is Burgundy and White. Esophageal Cancer’s ribbon is Periwinkle.0517111354a

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