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04 Oct 2012

What Can You Do About Cancer?

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The colors of October conjure images and meaning for all of us. For some, it may be the earth tones of Fall & its uncanny nostalgia, the iconic colors of Halloween, or even the colorful theme of our favorite football team as full season resumes full swing. Colors like pink & blue now seem to dominate October’s arena as Cancer Awareness month has us all “turning over a new leaf,” focusing our energies and topics on Cancer and what we can all do to confront it, provide support, & honor those who have fought the battle.

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At Physician Licensing Service, we are doing our part to get involved, offer support, & provide a service that helps our physicians have more time & energy to focus on diagnosing & treating these diseases. Many of our staff have participated & continue to participate in the many 5ks or ½ marathons that support cancer awareness, with PLS picking up the tab for our staff’s event registration fees.
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Whether you’re a physician diagnosing, treating, or even finding a cure for Cancer, an individual coping with the disease or a loved one of someone who has been diagnosed, or someone who just wants to help be a part of the solution, we can all be involved in raising awareness, providing support, and remembering those who battled with Cancer.
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Think Pink
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Since 1990, more and more women have been surviving breast cancer, largely because of early detection through mammography and improvements in treatment, notes a recent article on www.cancer.org. This timely article discusses ways to detect breast cancer early, treating cancer if you’ve already been diagnosed, and getting support as you cope with the disease.
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Although there’s no sure-fire way to prevent breast cancer, certain lifestyle habits are linked to a lower risk of developing it. Getting regular mammograms and breast exams is also important, because these tests can find breast cancer early, when it is more treatable. Click here to listen to real women talk about getting a mammogram, and sign up for cancer.org’s mammogram reminder to make sure you don’t forget yours.
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Treatments for breast cancer can include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and other drugs. You can learn about each of these treatments at cancer.org’s Breast Cancer Detailed Guide and Breast Cancer Overview and get a printable list of questions to ask your doctor. You can also consult the treatment decision tool and find products to help you deal with the side effects of treatment. For helpful information about dealing with insurance, work, and financial issues, visit their content partners at Survivorship A to Z.
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You can make connections with some of the 2.5 million women in the United States who have beaten breast cancer or are currently in treatment for it through one of the American Cancer Society’s peer support networks. WhatNext is a Web site developed with the participation of the American Cancer Society to make it easier for those touched by cancer to get and give support, find resources, gain perspective, and focus their decision-making. Cancer Survivors Network is a vibrant online community of survivors, caregivers, family members, and friends coping with cancer. Or get one-on-one support through the Reach to Recovery Program, which matches breast cancer survivors with women newly diagnosed. You can also read the inspiring stories of other women who have made it through this disease.
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You’ll also find information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, their signature event to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease, and help save lives. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a non-competitive walking event that takes place in communities across the United States every year. Since 1993, nearly 7 million walkers have raised more than $400 million. In 2010 alone, more than 800,000 walkers across the country collected $60 million to save lives from breast cancer.


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True Blue

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During the month of October, we must also remember the 28,000 or more men who will lose their life due to prostate cancer this year alone. 1 in 6 American men are affected by prostate cancer and yet this disease does not receive as much attention as other prominent forms of cancer.
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A recent story at www.pcf.org “Faces of Prostate Cancer,” talks about one family who lost their 66-year old husband, father, & grandfather to the disease and how his legacy continues through his family and community, particularly through daughter Katie. Inspired by the Huntsman World Games’ testing trailer where men could receive a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test, Katie got thinking about what she could do to help educate men & raise awareness for this disease that affect so many.
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After looking into running events that benefit prostate cancer, Katie came across Athletes for a Cure (AFAC), the fundraising and awareness program of the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), who was the official beneficiary organization of the Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½. Though not an avid runner, Katie ran the event on September 22nd, wearing blue for her dad, the official awareness color of prostate cancer. To date, Katie has raised nearly $5,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. With supporters like Katie, more men could make educated and informed decisions about their prostate health.
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The above content relating to Breast Cancer awareness is sourced from a recent feature on www.cancer.org. For more information on this article, please visit:
http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/news/Features/what-you-can-do-about-breast-cancer
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The above content about “Faces of Prostate Cancer” is sourced from www.pcf.org. For the full story, please visit:
http://www.pcf.org/site/c.leJRIROrEpH/b.8343623/k.8B48/Katie_Martinez.htm

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About Physician Licensing Service

Now in our 15th year of business, Physician Licensing Service has been changing the face of healthcare licensure.  We have developed a proven system to remove the barriers common to state medical licenses and get doctors practicing in record time.  Our business model focuses on simplifying the process for all involved parties. This includes the state medical boards themselves, because PLS takes great care to keep abreast of their updates in this ever changing field, and work within those guidelines. For a doctor seeking a medical license, PLS will take on the entire process, including eligibility research, paperwork, verifications, and follow up.

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