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National Cancer Survivors Day – President’s Message: June 5, 2012

By Dr. Mary Campagnolo, MSNJ President

The courage and determination of cancer survivors is an inspiration to all.  National Cancer Survivors Day, coordinated by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, took place on Sunday, June 3 to honor cancer survivors who are living with and beyond cancer, and to recognize those professionals who are helping to fight the battle against cancer.

According to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors. However, a cancer diagnosis can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, financial and emotional hardships often persist after diagnosis and treatment. Survivors may face many challenges such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles. In light of these difficulties, our community needs to focus on improving the quality of life for cancer survivors.  For more information visit, www.ncsd.org.

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“Get Fit!” President’s Message: June 1, 2012

By Dr. Mary Campagnolo, MSNJ President

Get Fit!

Though we’re already one day into June, it’s important to note that May was National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition has challenged all of us to include 30 minutes of physical activity as part of our schedules each day. Remind your patients that physical activity not only increases their chances of living longer, it also reduces the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes walking fast, dancing, or raking leaves. Strengthening activities, like situps and pushups, should be done at least 2 days a week. Getting active results in better sleep, stronger bones, and a lower risk of depression.

Help Our Team in the Fight Against MS!
May is also National Bike Month and I wanted to let you know that I am leading an MSNJ team for Bike MS: City to Shore Ride taking place September 29 & 30.

There are currently 400,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the United States.  Although there have been incredible advances in research, the world is still only able to offer disease management drugs and therapies to those confronting this disease.  I am proud that MSNJ is supporting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In addition to research projects around the world, they also provide much needed education, programs, and services for those affected by MS.

I will continue to post updates on the MSNJ Bike MS team. If you are interested in participating as a cyclist or to make a donation, visit the MSNJ Team Page

President’s Monday Message: May 21, 2012

By Dr. Mary Campagnolo, MSNJ President

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and the statistics are sobering. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and about 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. An estimated 2,530 New Jersey residents were diagnosed with melanoma in 2009 alone.

 In addition, a recent survey by the American Academy of Dermatology determined that young adults are not aware of the dangers of tanning beds and how to properly protect their skin from sun damage.  Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for teens and young adults 15-29 years old.

 As Memorial Day weekend approaches and the start of the summer season begins, please educate your patients of all ages that when they are exposed to the sun they should seek shade whenever possible, cover up, wear a hat and sunglasses and always use sunscreen.  Remind young adults in particular about the consequences of all types of tanning, including the risk of skin cancer.