Why Men's Health is a Feminist Issue
By: Adina Nack, Ms. Magazine
Jorge (not his real name) feared his girlfriend would dump him. He’d been diagnosed with genital warts before meeting her, and hadn’t yet told her about his infection. Jorge was being careful—no skin-to-skin sexual contact—but the disclosure was looming. So he’d done some research and learned what caused genital warts. Armed with that knowledge, he hoped that his girlfriend wouldn’t reject him, especially since he knew she could be protected from contracting warts “because of the Gardasil vaccine.”
It never occurred to Jorge that Gardasil, made by the pharmaceutical company Merck, could also have protected him. But that’s probably because it was only last October that the Food and Drug Administration approved a “male” Gardasil for preventing genital warts. And the FDA has yet to put its stamp on another promising usage of the vaccine for men: preventing cancer, especially highly prevalent oral cancers.
Since Gardasil was FDA-approved in 2006, it has received a huge marketing push for preventing cervical cancer in women. It has come into frequent—if sometimes controversial—use for females 9 to 26 years old because it’s designed to guard them, before they ever have sex, against contracting a virus that has been linked to cervical cancer.
That virus is HPV, human papillomavirus, which causes one-third of all sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. Gardasil offers protection against four of the 30 to 40 types of sexually transmissible HPV.
While it’s fear of cervical cancer that have motivated young women to get HPV vaccines, it can lead to oral, anal and penile cancers as well. In fact, the combined U.S. death rates for these cancers are at least twice that of cervical cancers. Oral cancers should be of particular concern, to both men and women. Some researchers believe that HPV may soon cause more oral cancers in the U.S. than alcohol or tobacco combined. Read More . . .
Nashville Area Dental Hygienists' Society's 2nd Annual Oral Cancer Walk
Nashville Area Dental Hygienists have completed their second successful walk for Oral Cancer. Along with the walk, local area dental hygienists did free oral cancer screenings for the public. Our event was held in Centennial Park located in the heart of Nashville. The walk started at 10:00am with pre-registration events at 9:00am. This year we had a silent auction and raffle with various items donated by local merchants such Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, and Krogers. There were also several autographed items such as CDs, photos, baseball hats, and cowboy hats donated by various country music artists. There were over 100 registered walkers who received a ‘Boot Scootin’ t-shirt, goody bags filled with toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, chapstick and lots of other fun stuff. There was a DJ who provided music to get the walkers ready to boot scoot’ one mile through Centennial Park. Breakfast foods such as bagels and Krispy Kreme donuts, juice, water, and Starbucks coffee were available for the walkers. Cydney Miller, Mrs. Tennessee International, was there to help kick-off the walk and speak about cancer awareness and early detection. Two oral cancer survivors, Kathi Gill and Shaylynn Grant, also members of OCF, were there to participate in the walk and tell their personal stories. Nashville hygienists raised over $7,600 which will directly benefit The Oral Cancer Foundation. Another hit has occurred in Nashville, but it’s not a country artist……. It’s the local hygienists’ making a difference in their community.
Smokeless Tobacco Launches an Attack on US MarketGeneral Snus, a smoke-free moist tobacco product originated in Scandinavian countries in the 19th century, is currently holding a massive promotional campaign across the United States.
Swedish Match, the manufacturer of General Snus brand has introduced a multi-million-dollar marketing drive intended for bringing the steam-cured tobacco pouches to wealthy tobacco-lovers in major markets across the nation. The General Snus are also promoted at high-end events, such as New York Fashion Week and several notable Film Festivals.
Snus are made and sold in cooled pouches packed in cans. The consumers put these tobacco items between cheek and lip and sip it getting their portion of nicotine. Snus is extremely famous among upscale professionals in Sweden, where the product saw the world for the first time almost two centuries ago. Whereas these products are still relatively unknown to the majority of American smokers, they are going through an outstanding growth of popularity since the initial nationwide launch in 2000, according to Swedish Match.
The latest General Snus promotional campaign – under slogan “Satisfaction: the Original Pursuit”— was launched at the Sundance Film Festival held in Salt Lake City in January, where Swedish Match has acquired sponsorship deal. Other venues for the marketing campaign include art shows in New York, Boston and Los Angeles, and New York’s Fashion Week.
Lars Hansson, the communication director for Swedish Match told the press that in Scandinavian countries snus has been generally used by the upscale audience, and that has been the major reason why the latest General Snus campaign is oriented at appealing to American fashionistas and white-collar professionals. Read More . . .
*Spit Tobacco Fact: The Nicotine content in a can of dip or snuff is approximately 144 milligrams, which is equal to about 80 cigarettes. In other words, one can of snuff or dip equals to about four packs or cigarettes.
Roger Ebert, No Longer Afraid to Show his Face to the World
It has been nearly four years since Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw and his ability to speak. Now television’s most famous movie critic is rarely seen and never heard, but his words have never stopped.Famed movie critic Roger Ebert who was robbed of speech by throat cancer, has a new computerized voice cobbled together from words he recorded for DVD commentary tracks.
“It’s nice to think of all these great movies sloshing around and coming out as my voice,” he wrote in a column Sunday.
Ebert’s new voice is a mix of words he said on the DVD critiques for everything from classics like “Casablanca” and “Citizen Kane” to the cult porn film he wrote, “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.”He wrote that he had been using standard computer programs to turn typed text into sound, including one his wife liked where the speaker “had a British accent and sounded like a slightly crabby headmaster.”
But his own words – taken from original recordings unearthed in warehouses at Warner Brothers, the Criterion Collection, New Line and 20th Century Fox – are a vast improvement, he said.“Yes, ‘Roger Jr.’ needs to be smoother in tone and steadier in pacing, but the little rascal is good. To hear him coming from my own computer made me ridiculously happy,” Ebert wrote. “I played it for (wife) Chaz, and she said, yes, she could tell it was me.”
Since being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002, and suffering numerous surgeries and some near-fatal complications, Ebert, of Chicago, lost the ability to speak, eat and drink. He uses a feeding tube and needs 24-hour nursing care.He has written poignantly about his memories of food and missing the companionship of the dinner table.
Ebert, 67, who once dated Oprah Winfrey, appeared on her show a few weeks ago, talking in his new – and yet also old – voice.
He also appeared in last month's issue of Esquire Magazine, Read the full article here.
Radiotherapy - Induced Skin Changes and Quality of Life
Quality of life is broadly recognized within oncology as an essential component of cancer care and has been studied extensively in patients with breast cancer.1 Yet, among the three pillars of breast cancer treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy), research on radiotherapy-related quality of life has lagged behind. Specifically, the study of quality of life as it relates to normal tissue effects in patients with breast cancer is woefully understudied. The reasons for this relative lack of attention are unclear, but the results are worrying. Insufficient understanding of the effects of radiotherapy on quality of life can impair doctor—patient communication, inhibit therapeutic progress, and limit a patient’s understanding of radiotherapy and its outcomes. Therefore, the report of the START trials today in The Lancet Oncology, by Hopwood and colleagues, is much needed. 2 It makes an important contribution to the area of radiotherapy by looking at several aspects of quality of life (breast, arm, and shoulder effects, and body image). In doing so, these researchers show a consideration of the patient’s point of view that is too often absent.
The study’s findings provide a strong foundation for further pursuit of understanding of the patient’s experience of adverse skin changes after radiotherapy. Indeed, at least five areas of future research are readily apparent. 40% of women reported moderate or striking concerns for at least one body image item up to 5 years after treatment, and body image concerns did not differ between radiotherapy regimens. This combination of results suggests the first two directions for future research: scale development and interventions. First, with regard to scale development, the body image scale used in the study was designed to measure overall body image, rather than breast satisfaction per se. Therefore, development of a scale specifically to assess breast body image is needed to understand better the clinical effects. Second, with respect to interventions, the finding that body image scores did not differ between radiotherapy regimens suggests that, at this time, a purely medical intervention strategy (e.g., variation of radiotherapy regimens) might not be sufficient to improve body image. A more comprehensive approach might be needed. For example, in broader scientific published work, behavioral medicine approaches (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy) have been shown to be effective for enhancement of body image.3 Third, the researchers do a very nice job of following up patients for 5 years after radiotherapy. However, the acute treatment period is not examined. This time presents unique challenges to women, including impositions on their schedules and steadily increasing physical discomfort and changes in breast appearance. Fourth, no information was presented about the ethnic origin of the population. Such information is vital because it indicates the generalisability of study findings. . . Read More.
Research Opportunity for Head & Neck Cancer Patients, 3 months past diagnosis