ANGELINA-jolie-opts-for-double-mastectomyAngeline Jolie opted for a double mastectomy after discovering she has the BRCA1 gene.

Jolie was told by doctors that having the gene gave her a 87% chance of having breast cancer and a 50% risk for having ovarian cancer. After recently losing her mother to breast cancer, Jolie didn't want to take any chances. With celebrities like Giuliana Rancic and organizations like Bright Pink, women are becoming more aware of their bodies. These celebrities and organizations are informing women of their choice to take control of their own health.

pregnancy-test-joke-reveals-testicular-cancerA Young Man Learned He Had Testicular Cancer from a Pregnancy Test.

A young man from Ontario, Canada took a pregnancy test his former girlfriend left as a joke and was shocked to find out he was going to be a mother. Thinking it was hysterical, his woman friend posted his experience in the form of a comic strip on the website "Reddit" under a funny name. The posting resulted in numerous comments, some warnings. One particular warning urged him to get checked out for testicular cancer. What? Testing for testicular cancer with a pregnancy test?

cancer-added-to-911-health-plan-coverageFifty Types of Cancer Added to the Victims of 9/11 Twin Towers Illnesses.

And all fifty types of cancer will be covered by the federal government, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety. The 9/11 health plan is geared especially toward the responders and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attack through what is called the World Trade Center (WTC) health program. For years, firefighters, construction workers, police officers and office cleaning personnel have lobbied to add cancer to the list of illnesses covered by the plan. And clearly, the lobbying paid off, as 50 types of cancers have been added to the list of illnesses post-911.

TANNING-bed-causes-skin-cancerStudy Shows Tanning Booths Cause Skin Cancer.

A new 2012 study has revealed that over 170,000 cases of skin cancer strike indoor tanners each year. The tanning bed cancer is called non-melanoma and is the most common type of skin cancer that affects Americans. While not a fatal form of cancer, this type of skin cancer can disfigure. 

breast-cancer-survivor-allowed-to-swim-toplessSeattle Parks Department Makes Exception for Breast Cancer Survivor.

Jodi Jaceks, a Seattle breast cancer survivor who had a double mastectomy, is now allowed to swim topless after the city’s Parks Department reversed their decision and made an exception for Jaecks. All other cases will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

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