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CAN-Sirs Corner

by Pete Davignon

reprinted with permission from Senior Softball News

The Warlike Words of Cancer 

Spring 2017 Edition

In every thing from T-shirt slogans to presidential messages, everyday language often frames cancer as a feared enemy, according to researcher David Hauser from the University of Michigan. People fight, combat and wage war on cancer. And patients win, lose, or survive their cancer battles. 


These warlike metaphors are often used to rally support in public health campaigns. But what effect do they have on people's willingness to participate in health and exercise behaviors that an lower their risk of cancer? Hauser states that the use of these warlike metaphors might actually undermine cancer prevention efforts.


Researchers found that those who read more warlike language showed less interest in preventive behaviors, such as avoiding sun, or limiting red meat, alcohol, high fat, and high calorie foods.


The use of warlike words is so common in print and electronic media that they limit the intentions of cancer preventive action.


Those who read more neutral text showed more interest in cancer awareness and prevention. There are alternative ways to think about cancer that may give us a better picture of what the disease is all about. Concentrate on learning more specifics, the correct (layperson) terminology used for diagnosis, staging, treatment options, risks and alternatives. Teach yourself about the signs of the different kinds of cancer.


Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death in men. The problem is that many men with high PSA (prostate-specific antigen) have biopsies that are unnecessary. Few actually have prostate cancer. In some cases the cancer forms a discernible lump and in other cases the cancer cells infiltrate the entire gland.


Typically a urologist uses ultrasound to locate the prostate and not the tumor, so the biopsy is done blind.In a biopsy eight to 10 needles are inserted thru the rectum into the prostate.


However new technology with MRI allows the urologist to pinpoint the precise location of the tumor inside the prostate. This technology eliminates any invasive probing to try to find any cancer. Since millions of unnecessary biopsies are performed each year, this technique is more accurate and will find a tumor, if any, without a biopsy. This should be good news for those with a high PSA.

CAN-Sirs Teams Expanding


This year the CAN-Sirs Awareness and Prevention program added Hawaii to our list of tournament locations. Randy Faulkner, a former tournament director from Redding, Calif., relocated to Hawaii and is managing a CAN-Sirs team there. CAN-Sirs originally focused on men's senior softball players, however we have also started working with women senior softball players. CAN-Sirs also participated in the SSUSA CalCup and the SSUSA Western Nationals in Sacramento.

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