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June 2022 Notable News

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This month innovative technology and research has enabled doctors and scientists to look at reasons for increasing numbers of cancer cases, leading to preventative measures. United States Veterans are at a higher risk for getting a deadly skin cancer, melanoma. Research shows that the causes of liver cancer are changing, it is the third deadliest cancer. And finally, a team of scientists using a new genomic technique have found some causes of upper gastrointestinal cancers.

U.S. Veterans at Higher Risk for Deadly Skin Cancer Melanoma

U.S. veterans are at higher risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, than most Americans, and new research finds they are also more likely to have advanced-stage disease when it is detected reports UPINews.com . When the cancer is found, it has typically spread to the lymph nodes or other areas of the body through the bloodstream. Of all the skin cancers, melanoma has the highest mortality rate. Older white males are at higher risk for developing skin cancer, which are a higher percentage of veterans. Many veterans service took place outside in high UV environments, and it is less likely that sunscreen was worn. Melanoma is now preventable by wearing protective clothing and using 30 SPF or higher sunscreen. Early screening and diagnosis increase the chances of survival. Find more information here.

Causes of Liver Cancer are Changing, Study Finds

The primary causes of liver cancer are well known, viral (hepatitis B and C), alcohol and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a condition in which fat builds up in the liver, resulting in chronic inflammation and damage reports Knowridge.com . The hepatitis B vaccine and use of antiviral medications have caused a decrease in Hepatitis B liver cancer. Liver cancer is the third leading cause of all cancer deaths. The causes of the rise in liver cancer are now shifting with an increase in alcohol consumption and an increase in obesity. Simple lifestyle changes can lower the risk of getting liver cancer, such as decreasing alcohol intake and making dietary changes to help prevent getting a fatty liver. Find more information here.

New Genomic Technique Identifies Roots of Upper GI Cancers

A team of scientists at Van Andel Institute findings reveal that, in upper GI cancers, the oxidative stress caused by inflammation damages specific parts of the DNA, causing guanine to be replaced with oxidized guanine. These errors prevent DNA from being copied accurately- a key hallmark of cancer reports Technologynetworks.com . Upper GI cancers are preceded by inflammatory conditions such as H. pylori bacteria, this bacterium causes stomach ulcers. Another inflammatory condition is Barrett’s esophagus, this is caused from acid reflux. This team uses circle damage sequencing to determine where mutations occur in DNA sequencing. Circle damage sequencing has also been used to study the mutations that cause melanoma. Find more information here.

The Government And Charitable Resources Available To Veterans Diagnosed With Cancer

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Each year, over 40,000 veterans are diagnosed with cancer in the US. Many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were exposed to a variety of hazardous substances, from depleted uranium to chemical warfare agents. This history of toxic substance exposure has left a legacy of health complications and may explain the worrying increase in cancer rates among veterans in recent years.

Veteran’s Affairs healthcare benefits

For veterans lacking insurance, cancer can be particularly distressing, adding financial worries to the considerable health concerns of a diagnosis. Veterans diagnosed with cancer during or after their military service may be entitled to Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) healthcare benefits if they are discharged under any condition other than dishonorable, regardless of the time since active service. VA healthcare benefits will cover health exams as well as specialized inpatient care. Furthermore, these benefits are available regardless of what insurance a veteran has, be it Medicare, Medicaid, private or none at all.

Veteran’s Affairs disability compensation and cancer

To receive maximum disability compensation, a disabled veteran must earn a 100% VA Disability rating. However, because of the way the rating is calculated, this can be very difficult to achieve. Veterans affected by cancer may qualify for VA disability benefits, and in cases where the VA determines the illness is service-related, they may temporarily receive a disability rating of 100% for as long as the cancer is active.

Agent Orange, a herbicide deployed in Vietnam, has been linked to Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia in veterans and civilians exposed to it during the Vietnam war. As a result, veterans deployed to Vietnam may qualify for VA disability benefits under presumptive conditions. Presumptive conditions are cases in which the VA presumes a disability or illness is caused by military service and for which it decides to award benefits.

Non-governmental organizations offering assistance to veterans

Beyond the VA, there are a number of charitable organizations offering assistance to veterans diagnosed with cancer and their families . The Fisher House Foundation offers a no-cost network of comfort homes located near major military and VA medical centers across America to the families of veterans receiving treatment. This is especially important in cases where veterans must travel long distances for treatment at VA or specialist medical centers, allowing their families to be with them every step of the way. For veterans looking for guidance or aid when applying for benefits, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) offers their services free of charge, helping veterans file their claims and providing vehicles for those in need of transport to medical facilities.

The decade following the Iraq and Afghanistan wars saw an unprecedented increase in the number of cancer cases among armed forces veterans. While the VA offers benefits and services to aid veterans living with this disease, in many cases it simply isn’t enough. For veterans in this situation, there exists a strong framework of charitable organizations ready and willing to pick up the slack and aid them in the fight.

Common Disabilities Faced By War Veterans

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This infographic was provided by Disabled Vets to help spread awareness about the suffering that many of our veterans go through and share ways we can possibly help.

Empowered #patientchat – Nutrition Trends: Fad or Fact? with the Wounded Warrior Project

You’re Invited! We hope you’ll join us for our next Empowered #patientchat discussion.In honor of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11th, Wounded Warrior Project (@wwp) will be co-hosting this special #patientchat on nutrition.

With the plethora of information on nutrition out there from social media, news articles, and peers, how can you determine what’s fad and what’s fact when it comes to nutrition? And how does this all play in to your health as a patient? Let’s discuss Friday, November 15th!

Guiding our discussion will be the following Topic (T#:) Questions:

T1: What role does nutrition play in your health? What comes to mind when you think about nutrition? #patientchat

T2: There seems to always be a new fad in nutrition, so how can you determine fad from fact? #patientchat

T3: Is there an optimal diet? What are some of the essential foods for building and maintaining health? #patientchat

T4: How does nutrition impact the day to day for patients? #patientchat

T5: Do you consider nutrition part of your treatment plan? What role does nutrition play in your disease management? #patientchat

T6: What are some general nutrition tips and resources? What disease-specific nutrition resources have you found helpful? #patientchat

We hope to see you Friday, November 15th on Twitter (or tchat.io/rooms/patientchat) at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern. Be sure to include the hashtag #patientchat in all your responses!

Empowered Patient Chats (#patientchat) are held every other Friday at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern and during the chat patients and advocates come to learn from each other and discuss topics of interest to empowered patients.

Click HERE to learn more about the Empowered #patientchat Series plus read tips on how to participate.

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