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May is National Skin Cancer/Melanoma Awareness Month

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Over one million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year.  There are different types of skin cancer-Basal cell carcinoma is the most common.  Melanoma is less common, but more dangerous. If you suspect that a lump, spot, or mole may be suspicious, see your doctor. When detected early, skin cancer is highly treatable.

RISK FACTORS:

Skin cancer and melanoma account for about 50% of all types of cancers diagnosed combined

Skin cancer is one of the more preventable types of cancer

More than 90% of skin cancer is causes by excessive exposure to the sun

Each hour, one person dies from skin cancer

SYMPTOMS:

A small lump (spot or mole) that is shiny, waxy, pale in color, and smooth in texture

A red lump (spot or mole) that is firm

A sore or spot that bleeds or become crusty. Also look for sores that do not  heal

Rough and scaly patches on the skin

Flat scaly areas of the skin that are red or brown

Any new growth that is suspicious

RESOURCES:

Melanoma International Foundation
(800) 463-6663
www.melanomaintl.org

Skin Cancer Foundation
(800) 754-6490
www.skincancer.org

Click on the link below to connect with others in the skin cancer community on the PSN social network.
Social Network/Online Community

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March is National Colorectal Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States.  However, early diagnosis often leads to a complete cure.

Almost all colon cancer starts in glands in the lining of the colon and rectum. When most people and when doctors talk about colorectal cancer, this is generally what they are referring to.

There is no single cause for colon cancer. Nearly all colon cancers begin as non-cancerous (benign) polyps, which slowly develop into cancer.

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. Everyone 50 years old or older should be screened regularly.

RISK FACTORS:

Older than 60

African American and eastern European descent

Diet high in red or processed meat

Cancer elsewhere in the body

Colorectal polyps

Inflammatory bowel disease (Chron’s disease or ulcerative colitis)

Family history of colon cancer

Personal history of breast cancer

 SYMPTOMS:

Abdominal pain and tenderness in the lower abdomen

Blood in the stool

Diarrhea, constipation, or other change in bowel habits

Intestinal obstruction

Narrow stools

Unexplained anemia

Weight loss with no know reason

 RESOURCES:

Colon Cancer Alliance
(877) 422-2030
www.ccalliance.org

C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition
(877) 427-2111
www.FightColorectalCancer.org

Click on the link below to connect with others in the colon cancer community on the PSN social network.
Social Network/Online Community 

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Happy Holidays!

Reaching out to a family member, friend, neighbor, colleague or someone you barely know for advice, assistance, or simply to talk with are all forms of peer support.  Most of us have experienced peer support at some point in our lives. We believe that peer support is essential to helping people restore a sense of comfort and self-confidence when they have had a life-changing experience such as a cancer diagnosis.  At PSN, (www.peersupportnetwork.org) peers gain hope, education, encouragement, inspiration and greater self-empowerment from those who have already faced this challenge.

Since we know you share our commitment to PSN’s mission, we are asking for your help. Please contribute whatever you can.  Your gift of hope will not only be an investment in the spirit of those you know who were lost to or are currently battling cancer, but in all the lives they have touched.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for being involved in the process to improve the quality of life of those affected by cancer. Be assured that we will continue our commitment to PSN’s mission and goals in 2014 and beyond.

“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible”

With hope,

PSN’s Directors - Cathy, Jim, Mary

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is cancer that starts in the lungs.

The lungs are located in the chest. When you breathe, air goes through your nose, down your windpipe (trachea), and into the lungs, where it spreads through tubes called bronchi. Most lung cancer begins in the cells that line these tubes.

 There are two main types of lung cancer:

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer.

Small cell lung cancer makes up about 20% of all lung cancer cases.

If the lung cancer is made up of both types, it is called mixed small cell/large cell cancer.

If the cancer started somewhere else in the body and spread to the lungs, it is called metastatic cancer to the lung.

Lung cancer is the deadliest type of cancer for both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined.

Lung cancer is more common in older adults. It is rare in people under age 45.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. The more cigarettes you smoke per day and the earlier you started smoking, the greater your risk for lung cancer. There is no evidence that smoking low-tar cigarettes lowers the risk. However, lung cancer has occurred in people who have never smoked. Secondhand smoke (breathing the smoke of others) increases your risk for lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 3,000 nonsmoking adults will die each year from lung cancer related to breathing secondhand smoke.

 Risk Factors:

  • Asbestos
  • Exposure to cancer-causing chemicals such as uranium, beryllium, vinyl chloride, nickel chromates, coal products, mustard gas, chloromethyl ethers, gasoline, and diesel exhaust
  • Family history of lung cancer
  • High levels of air pollution
  • High levels of arsenic in drinking water
  • Radiation therapy to the lungs
  • Radon gas

Symptoms: 

Other symptoms that may also occur with lung cancer, often in the late stages:

These symptoms can also be due to other, less serious conditions, so it is important to talk to your health care provider.

 RESOURCES:

LungCancer.org
(800) 813-4673
www.lungcancer.org
 

Lung Cancer Alliance
(800) 298-2436
www.lungcanceralliance.org

Click on the link below to connect with others in the ovarian cancer community on the PSN social network.
Social Network/Online Community

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is a malignant (cancer) tumor that starts from cells of the breast.

A woman\'s breast is made up of glands that make breast milk (called lobules), ducts (small tubes that carry milk from the lobules to the nipple), fatty and connective tissue, blood vessels, and lymph vessels. Most breast cancers begin in the cells that line the ducts (ductal cancer), some begin in the lobules (lobular cancer), and a small number start in other tissues.

Most breast lumps are benign. This means they are not cancer. Benign breast tumors are abnormal growths, but they do not spread outside of the breast and they are not life threatening. But some benign breast lumps can increase a woman\'s risk of getting breast cancer.  Most lumps are caused by fibrocystic changes. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs. Fibrosis is the formation of scar-like tissue. These changes can cause breast swelling and pain. They often happen just before a woman\'s period is about to start. The breasts may feel lumpy, and sometimes there is a clear or slightly cloudy nipple discharge.

There are many types of breast cancer, but some of them are very rare. Sometimes a breast tumor can be a mix of these types or a mixture of invasive and in situ cancer.

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS): This is the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. DCIS means that the cancer is only in the ducts. It has not spread through the walls of the ducts into the tissue of the breast and so cannot spread to lymph nodes or other organs. Nearly all women with cancer at this stage can be cured. One of the best ways to find DCIS early is with a mammogram.

Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS): This begins in the milk-making glands (lobules) but does not go through the wall of the lobules and cannot spread to other parts of the body. It is not a true cancer, but having LCIS increases a woman\'s risk of getting cancer later. For this reason, it\'s important that women with LCIS make sure they have regular mammograms and doctor visits.

Invasive (or infiltrating) ductal carcinoma (IDC): This is the most common breast cancer. It starts in a milk passage (a duct), breaks through the wall of the duct, and invades the tissue of the breast. From there it may be able to spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. It accounts for about 8 out of 10 invasive breast cancers.

Invasive (infiltrating) lobular carcinoma (ILC): This cancer starts in the milk glands (the lobules) and then spreads through the wall of the lobules. It can then spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. About 1 out of 10 invasive breast cancers are of this type.

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC): This uncommon type of invasive breast cancer accounts for about 1% to 3% of all breast cancers. Usually there is no single lump or tumor. Instead, IBC makes the skin of the breast look red and feel warm. It also makes the skin look thick and pitted, something like an orange peel. The breast may get bigger, hard, tender, or itchy.

In its early stages, inflammatory breast cancer is often mistaken for infection. Because there is no defined lump, it may not show up on a mammogram, which may make it even harder to catch it early. It has a higher chance of spreading and a worse outlook than invasive ductal or lobular cancer.

While we do not yet know exactly what causes breast cancer, we do know that certain risk factors are linked to the disease. A risk factor is something that affects your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. Some risk factors, such as smoking, drinking, and diet are linked to things a person does. Others, like a person\'s age, race, or family history, can not be changed.

But risk factors do not tell us everything. Having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that a woman will get breast cancer. Some women who have one or more risk factors never get the disease. And most women who do get breast cancer do not have any risk factors. Some risk factors have a greater impact than others, and your risk for breast cancer can change over time, due to factors such as aging or lifestyle.

Although many risk factors may increase your chance of having breast cancer, it is not yet known just how some of these risk factors cause cells to become cancer. Hormones seem to play a role in many cases of breast cancer, but just how this happens is not fully understood.

The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for finding breast cancer early in women without symptoms:

Mammogram: Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should keep on doing so for as long as they are in good health. While mammograms can miss some cancers, they are still a very good way to find breast cancer.

Clinical breast exam: Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a regular exam by a health expert at least every 3 years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health expert every year. It might be a good idea to have the CBE shortly before the mammogram. You can use the exam to learn what your own breasts look and feel like.

Breast self-exam (BSE): BSE is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE. Women should report any changes in how their breasts look or feel to a health expert right away.

Research has shown that BSE plays a small role in finding breast cancer compared with finding a breast lump by chance or simply being aware of what is normal for each woman. If you decide to do BSE, you should have your doctor or nurse check your method to make sure you are doing it right. If you do BSE on a regular basis, you get to know how your breasts normally look and feel. Then you can more easily notice changes. It is OK to not to do BSE or not to do it on a fixed schedule.

The goal, with or without BSE, is to see a doctor right away if you notice any of these changes: a lump or swelling, skin irritation or dimpling, nipple pain or the nipple turning inward, redness or scaliness of the nipple or breast skin, or a discharge other than breast milk. But remember that most of the time these breast changes are not cancer.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Women at high risk should get an MRI and a mammogram every year (women who are at high risk have at least a 25% lifetime risk of breast cancer). Women at moderately increased risk should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram.

The most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A lump that is painless, hard, and has uneven edges is more likely to be cancer. But some cancers are tender, soft, and rounded. So it is important to have anything unusual checked by a doctor.

Other signs of breast cancer include the following:

Swelling of all or part of the breast

Skin irritation or dimpling

Breast pain

Nipple pain or the nipple turning inward

Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin

A nipple discharge other than breast milk

Sometimes breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be felt.

If you have any symptoms that might be a sign of breast cancer, be sure see a doctor as soon as you can.

RESOURCES:

after breast cancer diagnosis (abcd) partnered with Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization
(800) 221-2141
www.abcdbreastcancersupport.org/

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
(800) 462-9273
www.komen.org 

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
(954) 255-8732
www.facingourrisk.org

Health Fit Bodies by Kathleen; Breast Cancer Post-Op Online Training Program
www.healthfitbodies.com

Click on the link below to connect with others in the ovarian cancer community on the PSN social network.
Social Network/Online Community

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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries. Women have 2 ovaries, one on each side of the uterus in the pelvis.  The ovaries produce eggs (called ova). They are also the main source of a womans female hormones, estrogen and progesterone.

Many types of tumors can start in the ovaries. Some are benign (not cancer) and never spread beyond the ovary. Other types of tumors are cancerous (or malignant) and can spread to other parts of the body.

As a rule, tumors in the ovary are named for the kinds of cells the tumor started from and whether the tumor is benign or cancerous. There are 3 main types of tumors:

Epithelial tumors: These tumors start from the cells that cover the outer surface of the ovary. Most ovarian tumors are epithelial cell tumors.

Germ cell tumors: These start from the cells that produce the eggs.

Stromal tumors: These start from cells that hold the ovary together and make the female hormones.

Symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often

Other symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach or heartburn
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation or menstrual changes

While we do not yet know the exact causes ovarian cancer, we do know some of the risk factors involved. A risk factor is something that affects a person\'s chance of getting a disease.

Having a risk factor, or even multiple risk factors, does not mean that you will get ovarian cancer. Many people who get the disease may not have had any known risk factors. Even if a woman with ovarian cancer has a risk factor, it is very hard to know what part that risk factor may have played in the development of the cancer.

Risk Factors

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Personal or family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer
  • Increasing age
  • Undesired infertility

Facts

  • All women are at risk
  • Symptoms exist - they can be vague, but increase over time
  • Early detection increases survival rate
  • A Pap test DOES NOT detect ovarian cancer

Resources:

Conversations!
www.ovarian-news.com

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
www.facingourrisk.org

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
www.ovarian.org

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
www.ovariancancer.org 

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
www.ocrf.org

Click on the link below to connect with others in the ovarian cancer community on the PSN social network.
Social Network/Online Community

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, with approximately 217,730 new cases this year.  

There are several types of cells in the prostate, but nearly all prostate cancers start in the gland cells. Some prostate cancers can grow and spread quickly, but most of the time, prostate cancer grows slowly.

Men are advised to have an annual digital rectal exam (DRE) and a PSA blood test beginning at the age of 40. Estimates are that by age 50, 1 in 4 men have some cancerous cells in the prostate gland, and by age 80, 1 in 2 men will have these cells present. Screening allows for earlier detection, and treatment, which may afford better patient outcome.

RISK FACTORS:

Increasing age

High fat diet

Family history

Race or ethic background

SYMPTOMS:

Blood in urine

Weak urine flow

Frequent urination at night

Difficulty starting to urinate/pain

Painful ejaculation

Persistent dull pain in the lower pelvic region

General pain in lower back, hips, and upper thighs

 RESOURCES:

Urology Care Foundation
(800) 828-7866
www.urologyhealth.org

 

 

National Association for Continence
(800) 252-3337 ((800)-BLADDER)
www.nafc.org

 

 

Prostate Cancer Foundation (formerly \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"CaPCURE\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\")
(800) 757-2873
www.pcf.org

 

US TOO! International
(800) 808-7866

www.ustoo.org

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Join us at the Miami Marlin’s Game on Sunday, September 8, 2013

We could use your help at a Marlins game - those of you in the Palm Beach/Broward/Miami-Dade area...We are looking for volunteers to help nonprofit PSN on Sunday, September 8, at the Marlins baseball game against the Nationals, volunteer hours begin at 11am (sharp) through 6th inning, then sit and enjoy the game! PSN has been chosen to partner with the Marlins Foundation in a fundraiser at this game. We are looking for 25-30 total volunteers (adult or adults w/children (children age appropriate), to sell raffle tickets (50/50 Raffle) at a Marlins game....send us your email address if you are interested and we’ll email you more details!

The 50/50 Raffle allows nonprofit organizations to raise funds at Marlins Park while spreading awareness about their cause.

CELEBRATE FAMILY SUNDAYS AT MARLINS PARK! 

Attend Family Sundays to receive promotional giveaways, enjoy pre-game festivities with Radio Disney and autograph sessions, and more! Also after the Sunday game, kids age12 and under are invited to run the bases during Diamond Dash. The kids’ give-a-way this week is Marlins Headphones, sponsored by Metro PCS and will be given to the first 5,000 children.

Here is the link on the Marlins website about the 50/50 Raffle:

http://mlb.mlb.com/mia/community/raffles.jsp

Marlins Raffles

miami.marlins.mlb.com 

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Plan Ahead...Mark Your Calendar...It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s a Date...with Dad!

10th Annual Dad and Daughter Date Night

to benefit Peer Support Network

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Marriott, Delray Beach, Florida

 

Information/Attend:

Email us at: hope@peersupportnetwork.org if you like more information on the event and/or receive the registration details.

In-Kind Donations:

We are seeking in-kind donations for the silent auction.  Please email us if you are interested in donating or have contact information of potential donors you would like to share with us.

Donate in Honor of Your Daughter:

If you wish to recognize a special daughter, consider making a gift in her honor.  We will inform her of your gift.  Gift/donation can be mailed in or processed by credit card through our website.

Volunteers:

We are looking for volunteers to help on the night of the event. If you are interested, please email us at: hope@peersupportnetwork.org

Hope to see you there!

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May is National Skin Cancer/Melanoma Awareness Month

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Over one million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year.  There are different types of skin cancer-Basal cell carcinoma is the most common.  Melanoma is less common, but more dangerous. If you suspect that a lump, spot, or mole may be suspicious, see your doctor. When detected early, skin cancer is highly treatable.

RISK FACTORS:

Skin cancer and melanoma account for about 50% of all types of cancers diagnosed combined

Skin cancer is one of the more preventable types of cancer

More than 90% of skin cancer is causes by excessive exposure to the sun

Each hour, one person dies from skin cancer

SYMPTOMS:

A small lump (spot or mole) that is shiny, waxy, pale in color, and smooth in texture

A red lump (spot or mole) that is firm

A sore or spot that bleeds or become crusty. Also look for sores that don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t heal

Rough and scaly patches on the skin

Flat scaly areas of the skin that are red or brown

Any new growth that is suspicious

RESOURCES:

Melanoma International Foundation
(800) 463-6663
www.melanomaintl.org

Skin Cancer Foundation
(800) 754-6490
www.skincancer.org

Click on the link below to connect with others in the skin cancer community on PSN\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s social network.
Social Network/Online Community

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March is National Colorectal Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States.  However, early diagnosis often leads to a complete cure.

Almost all colon cancer starts in glands in the lining of the colon and rectum. When most people and when doctors talk about colorectal cancer, this is generally what they are referring to.

There is no single cause for colon cancer. Nearly all colon cancers begin as non-cancerous (benign) polyps, which slowly develop into cancer.

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. Everyone 50 years old or older should be screened regularly.

RISK FACTORS:

Older than 60

African American and eastern European descent

Diet high in red or processed meat

Cancer elsewhere in the body

Colorectal polyps

Inflammatory bowel disease (Chron’s disease or ulcerative colitis)

Family history of colon cancer

Personal history of breast cancer

 SYMPTOMS:

Abdominal pain and tenderness in the lower abdomen

Blood in the stool

Diarrhea, constipation, or other change in bowel habits

Intestinal obstruction

Narrow stools

Unexplained anemia

Weight loss with no know reason

 RESOURCES:

Colon Cancer Alliance
(877) 422-2030
www.ccalliance.org

C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition
(877) 427-2111
www.FightColorectalCancer.org

Click on the link below to connect with others in the colon cancer community on PSN\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s social network.
Social Network/Online Community 

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 January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Cervical cancers start in the cells on the surface of the cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina.  Cervical cancer can often be cured when it’s found early.  It is usually found at a very early stage through a Pap test.

Cervical cancer usually develops very slowly. It starts as a precancerous condition called dysphasia. This precancerous condition can be detected by a Pap test and is 100% treatable.  Most women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer today have not had regular Pap tests or they have not followed up on abnormal Pap test results.

Undetected precancerous changes can develop into cervical cancer and spread to the bladder, intestines, lungs, and liver. It can take years for precancerous changes to turn into cervical cancer. Patients with cervical cancer do not usually have problems until the cancer is advanced and has spread.

Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV (human papilloma virus). HPV is a common virus that is spread through sexual intercourse. There are many different types of HPV. Some strains lead to cervical cancer.

Early cervical cancer can be cured by removing or destroying the precancerous or cancerous tissue. There are various surgical ways to do this without removing the uterus or damaging the cervix, so that a woman can still have children in the future

Risk Factors:

  • Having sex at an early age
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Poor economic status (may not be able to afford regular Pap smears)
  • Sexual partners who have multiple partners or who participate in high-risk sexual   activities
  • Women whose mothers took the drug DES (diethylstilbestrol) during pregnancy in the  early 1960s to prevent miscarriage
  • Weakened immune system

Symptoms:

Most of the time, early cervical cancer has no symptoms. Symptoms that may occur can include:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods, after intercourse, or after menopause
  • Any bleeding after menopause
  • Continuous vaginal discharge, which may be pale, watery, pink, brown, bloody, or foul-smelling
  • Periods become heavier and last longer than usual

RESOURCES:

National Cervical Cancer Coalition

800-685-5531

www.nccc-online.org/

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            PEER SUPPORT NETWORK PARTNERS WITH THE MIAMI MARLINS

The Marlins Foundation partners with local non-profit organization on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday home games to participate in a 50/50 Raffle.  Theraffle allows non-profit organizations to raise funds at Marlins Park while spreading awareness about their cause.  Fans have the opportunity to win 50% of the net proceeds and the charity receives the remaining 50%.  More than $18,000 was raised by charities in 2011 and it looks like 2012 will break that record.

Peer Support Network, (PSN) located in Boca Raton was chosen to be the recipient of this fun event on Sunday, April 12.  With close to 20 volunteers working hard to sell tickets, the raffle raised more than $1,000 with 50% going to help PSN further its mission to improve the quality of life of all people affected by cancer through Internet-based peer support services.  Nicole Hylinski, daughter of PSN co-founder Cathy Hylinski and event volunteer pulled to lucky ticket as fans eagerly awaited the ‘winning’ number.  “I was happy to be part of something so fun and important at the same time. It was great to be able to hand out brochures and other awareness items to so many fans” said Nicole who regularly volunteers her time to PSN.

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 Join us at the Miami Marlin’s Game August 12, 2012

 We could use your help at a Marlins game - those in the Palm Beach/Broward/Miami-Dade area...We are looking for volunteers to help nonprofit PSN on Sunday, August 12th, at the Marlins baseball game against the Dodgers, volunteer hours @ 10am - 4th inning, then sit and enjoy the game! PSN has been chosen to partner with the Marlins Foundation in a fundraiser at this game...We are looking for 25-30 total volunteers (adult or adults w/children (children age appropriate), to sell raffle tickets (50/50 Raffle) at a Marlins game....send us your email address if you are interested and we’ll email you more details! The 50/50 Raffle allows nonprofit organizations to raise funds at Marlins Park while spreading awareness about their cause.

Here is the link on the Marlins website about the 50/50 Raffle:

http://mlb.mlb.com/mia/community/raffles.jsp

Marlins Raffles

miami.marlins.mlb.com

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  9th Annual Dad/Daughter Dinner/Dance Date Night

This year\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s event will benefit Peer Support Network

Event Date: June 10, 2012  Time: 5:30-9:30pm

Event Location: Mariott, Delray Beach, Florida, 10 N. Ocean Blvd. • 561-274-3200

$30/per person; includes dinner (buffet), soda, coffee, desert, tax, tips & commemorative photo

Cash Bar

Peer Support Network is honored to be the benefactor of this year’s event.  Dads and their daughters, daughters of all ages, will enjoy this special time together on their “date”, as they dine, dance to a DJ, participate in the silent auction and have an overall good time!  Those at the event will go home with a commemorative photo of the Dad/Daughter(s).

Mail payment to be received by Friday, June 8 to PSN C/O C. Hylinski, 3557 Lone Pine Road, Delray Beach, FL 33445 (Include your name as well as your daughter(s) name(s) or if paying by credit card call in credit card details to: 561-702-0727

For event details and/or for an event flyer, email: cathy@peersupportnetwork.org

Some of the Silent Auction and Raffle items that have been generously donated for the event are:

  • Goodyear Blimp Ride - for 2
  • JetBlue (2 roundtrip tickets)
  • SeaWorld and Aquatica - passes for 4, for 14 consecutive days
  • Avis Rental Car - 4 days \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'free\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' rental
  • Polo Trace - Round of Golf - for 4
  • Hotel stay at Highland Beach, FL Holiday Inn
  • Hotel stay at Hollywood Beach, FL Marriott
  • Spa package  w/lotions at N Spa at the Delray Beach, FL Marriott
  • Florida Panther game tickets(lower level seats)  for 4 and Zamboni ride for 1
  • Miami Marlins - Ryan Webb, #58 Autographed Baseball
  • Private Jewelers Stainless Steel and Diamond Hearts Cable Bracelet 
  • Miami Seaquarium - Two Dolphin Encounter Gift Certicates
  • Manning Home Inspection - Wind Mitagation Inspection
  • Vineyard Vines Fish Flag Silk Tie
  • Delray Beach Tennis Center/Tennis Camp at the Delray Swim & Tennis Center
  • Restaurant gift cards to:  32 East, Triple Eight Lounge at the Falcon House, Boston’s on the Beach/50 Ocean/Sandbar, Luna Rosa, Islamorada Fish Company, Vic and Angelo\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s, Mai Kai, Big Time Restaurant Group-Big City Tavern/City Cellar/City Oyster, Sandwiches by the Sea, La Bamba, Pizza Rustica
  • Rub•A•Dub – car wash gift cards
  • Zoo Miami - passes for 4
  • Rapids Water Park - passes for 4
  • Lion Country Safari - passes for 2
  • Build a Bear -cub cash
  • Putt\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'n Around Delray Beach Mini Golf - 4 round 18 holes
  • World of Coca Cola - passes for 4
  • South Ocean Beach Shop -gift certificate
  • Epic Surf and Swim - gift card
  • Fred\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Tennis - Racket Stringing
  • Butterfly World - passes for 2
  • AutoZone gift card

       and much, much more!

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Join PSN\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s social network, a free online community in which newly diagnosed cancer patients, cancer survivors and their caregivers coping with the emotional and physical challenges of a cancer diagnosis can find peer support from others that have undergone similar experiences. Users are able to create personal profiles, share stories, photos and hope, and find others with similar situations. To create your account and begin using our network, please click the link below and provide the requested information.

http://peersupportnetwork.org/psnbook/signup.php

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Tennis Anyone?

Peer Support Network  is excited to partner with the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC), featuring the world’s only 10-day combined ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR event (Feb. 24-28) including Ivan Lendl, Michael Chang, Mats Wilander, and Pat Cash and ATP WORLD TOUR event (Feb. 27- Mar. 4) featuring Andy Roddick & John Isner, to offer an exclusive discount to its members with a portion of every ticket sold benefiting its nonprofit organization. (Promotion Code in paragraph below)

A limited number of discounted tickets are available, and must be purchased by December 31, 2011. To order please call 561-330-6000 or log onto YellowTennisBall.com (“tickets/choose session”) & mention/enter promotion code PEER. Thank you again for supporting Peer Support Network and with 60,000+ screaming fans rocking the house, millions more watching on TV, and 15-plus one-of-a-kind parties held in an ATP \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Award of Excellence\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" winning arena, we look forward to hosting you at “The Beach.” For more information on Peer Support Network: www.peersupportnetwork.org.

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Breast Cancer Survey
 
Drs. Kay Bartholomew Ed.D , MPH (public health researcher and breast cancer survivor) and Keiko Yamauchi, Ph.D. in the Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Public Health, the University of Texas Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) are conducting a study regarding weight control and breast cancer. Because of the recent studies suggesting association of weight gain with recurrence of breast cancer, we are very interested in laying the groundwork to help women address this important issue.
 
They want to determine what information breast cancer patients/ survivors are given regarding the association of weight and the risk of cancer recurrences. The survey also assesses women’s knowledge, risk perception about post-diagnosis weight gain, and intention to control weight. This project is an anonymous internet survey and is approved by the institutional review board for UTHSC.

Please take your time and answer the questions about your body weight. The survey is anonymous! Your participation will help other survivors.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B3DFD2T

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Join PSN\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s social network, a free online community in which newly diagnosed cancer patients, cancer survivors and their caregivers coping with the emotional and physical challenges of a cancer diagnosis can find peer support from others that have undergone similar experiences. Users are able to create personal profiles, share stories, photos and hope, and find others with similar situations. To create your account and begin using our network, please click the link below and provide the requested information.

http://peersupportnetwork.org/psnbook/signup.php

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Helen Mary Hylinski

Helen Mary Hylinski, 83, of Delray Beach, FL, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2011.  Born in Detroit, MI she later moved to Philadelphia, PA where she raised her family.

Helen was a peace-loving woman, completely devoted to her family, which was the center of her life.  She was an intellectual, always willing to engage in political debate, and unafraid to delve into the depths of philosophical or religious thought. An incredibly gifted artist, she produced beautiful paintings, sculptures and stained glass.  With the ability to fully listen to others, she was a natural counselor.  As a devout Roman Catholic with unyielding faith, she is now home with her Lord. 

Helen is survived by her sons, Joseph Hylinski (Barbara) of Blue Bell, PA and James Hylinski (Cathy) of Delray Beach, FL, her daughters Linda Hylinski (Rick Beltz) of Glen Mills, PA, and Barbara Grimmitt (Art) of Lompoc, CA; 6 grandchildren, Joseph, Shaun, Philip, Ashley, Julia and Nicole; sisters Stella Zelinski and Mary Makisomwicz, and many loving nieces and nephews. 

She is predeceased by her husband, Joseph; her daughter, Cheryl; and grandson, David.  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, 840 George Bush Blvd., Delray Beach, FL with the burial to follow at the Palm Beach Memorial Park, Lantana, FL. Memorial donations may be made directly to Peer Support Network, 500 N.E. Spanish River Blvd, Ste 103, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (www.peersupportnetwork.org).   

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 Welcome to PSN

Welcome to PSN!  We’re excited to announce the launch of our ‘new and improved’ website.

Whether you are a person fighting cancer, a caregiver, relative, friend or healthcare provider, you understand the benefits of peer support.   Our network connects people impacted by cancer with others that have undergone similar experiences and is available to anyone seeking or offering support.  It is our goal that at peersupportnetwork.org, peers will gain hope, education, understanding, encouragement, inspiration and greater self-empowerment from those that have already embarked on this journey.  

PSN’s website at a glance 

  • join the online community
  • send ‘free’ e-Cards
  • find information and resources
  • share your story
  • become an Ambassador of Hope
  • plan or sponsor an event

Please feel free to email your feedback and suggestions for improving the website to hope@peersupportnetwork.org.  Share Hope - share the site with anyone you know who might benefit from our peer support network.

With hope, 

Cathy, Jim, Mary

PSN Founders

 

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How wonderful it is that no one need to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
~Anne Frank
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Mission Statement
Peer Support Network is dedicated to improving the quality of life of all people affected by cancer by fostering communication and hope through Internet-based peer support services.

      Disclaimer: The information on this website is for informational purposes only and not intended as a substitute for a licensed healthcare professional.  
 

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