The diagnosis of cancer or any other life-threatening disease can hit like a ton of bricks and can leave the lives it touches in shambles. In these times of uncertainty, waiting, and living here are some ways that you can help someone on their cancer journey. Please feel free to add more in the comments section if I’ve left something out.
- Ask; “How are you?”
- Let them keep the remote to the TV.
- Stock their freezer full of meals.
- Go to chemo with them.
- Organize a carpool; to work, from work, to and from hospital visits.
- Donate your sick leave.
- Donate to a fund.
- LAUGH with them.
- Send encouraging notes and cards.
- Send gift and food baskets.
- Treat them the same. No discomfort in their presence, no groping for the right words…
- Spiritual support
- Organize a chore committee to help with laundry, cooking and cleaning.
- Create a fund to help pay for travel to and from distant treatment facilities.
- Use online support to organize for meal delivery from local restaurants and grocery delivery.
- Collect and put together a small box of gifts with instructions to open 1 gift a day.
- Just be there.
Ideas were collected from WhatNext.
Most of us take extra precaution to lather up with sunscreen before we head outdoors. We make sure to not forget our hat and sunglasses on a sunny day, but who thinks about the uv dangers we could face while at the nail salon? There have been reports of people developing skin cancer on their hands from repeated use of the uv light nail lamps used to dry the polish. Per square meter of space the uv nail lamps gives out as much uv radiation as does a tanning bed. The experts say that since people didn’t know about this they are probably going to see more cases of skin cancer on the hands. The Archives of Dermatology released a study last year that found two women with skin cancer on their hands. They both no family history of cancer and both cases were linked to use of uv nail lights. The study found that one woman had a fifteen year history of twice monthly uv nail light exposure. The other one used was exposed only eight times in a year. The beauty supply industry argues that using uv nail lights is not any different from receiving 2-3 minutes of extra sunlight a day which isn’t going to harm anyone.
I’m not sure which side is ultimately the right-side. I would think that concentrated uv light on hands in particular would increase a person’s chance of developing skin cancer. True, that overall 2-3 minutes of extra sunlight wouldn’t hurt a person who practices safe sun protection. In another example, that much more sunlight could increase the chances of skin cancer for a person who fails to take the proper precautions. There are more factors that go into why some people develop skin cancer and some don’t. I guess it’s all a matter of the factors that contribute to skin cancer; skin color, family history, hair color, etc.
What do you think? Do you believe there is any real danger in using uv nail lamps at the nail salons? Join the discussion and tell us your thoughts on our Facebook Fan Page!
2010 has been a growing year for UV Skinz. With each step we take, we are getting closer to achieving our mission to “get kids covered” and raise awareness about Melanoma prevention.
Under the About Us tab on the main UV Skinz website there are a list of quotes. The title is, What Drives Us? Each quote speaks true to who UV Skinz is. UV Skinz is not just a company, but a personal legacy that must be carried out (in the name of Darren). Behind it all, UV Skinz treasures life and family.
The goal is to share each quote on the blog, Facebook and Twitter. In hopes that you (our fans and customers) can get to know UV Skinz, leave your comments, photographs or share your experience with us. What drives us are the simple things and each quote represents any and all of us.
Jimmy Buffets song, Margaritaville, gives off a care free and laid back vibe. Yes. We believe that Margaritaville is a real place because UV Skinz allows you to be care free so that you can enjoy life and live for the bright sunshine! You can fully enjoy life because our uv protected swim shirts, hats, and clothing all offer great chemical-free sun protection. It’s the peace of mind that might cause you to drift to that warm beach with the cool breeze…down in Margaritaville.
The count is in and UV Skinz donated back to the Melanoma International Foundation $800! We raised the donations through our online sales using the coupon code MIF1015 that was offered by the Melanoma International Foundation.
The Melanoma International Foundation runs only on donations so we are so proud that we were able to give back to a foundation that provides so much for families and individuals fighting Melanoma. We hope to work more with MIF in the future to continue to help raise awareness about Melanoma prevention.
A HUGE THANK YOU to our the UV SKINZ supporters for making the effort to place an order! We couldn’t have done it without you!!
The FDA approved a fast review of a new Melanoma drug used in a clinical trial at 125 U.S. cancer centers.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Aug. 19, shows about 23 percent of the patients given ipilimumab are alive two years later, compared with 14 percent of those who did not receive the drug. Those taking ipilimumab lived a median of about 10 months, compared with 6.4 months for those who didn’t take it.
“This shows us you can stimulate the immune system to fight cancer, something that’s always been a general belief, but with the exception of bone marrow transplants, we haven’t been able to do,” said Dr. Andrew Pecora, chairman and executive administrative director of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, one of the study locations. “It’s really profound and opens a whole new avenue.”
Read the full article here.