David Nelson dies of colon cancer

David Nelson

The actor David Nelson has died aged 74, after complications related to colon cancer. He passed away on Monday January 10th at his home in LA having suffered with the disease for some time.

Nelson will be remembered for his  long-term part on his parent’s hit TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the show that pioneered reality TV as we know it today. He was the last remaining member of the popular real-life TV family show which was aired on US television between 1952 and 1966. Nelson convinced his parents to let him take part in the show and was joined by his brother Ricky who later became a teen idol.

David Nelson had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and throughout his career appeared in Peyton Place,The Big Circus, and Love and Kisses.

The actor leaves behind his wife, Yvonne; as well as five children.

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David Nelson of “Ozzie and Harriet” fame passes away aged 74

Actor David Nelson has died at the age of 74 years after complications related to colon cancer with which he had suffered for some time.

Nelson will be remembered for his introduction and subsequent long term inclusion on his parent’s hit TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, a show which pioneered reality TV as we know it today. Nelson passed away on Monday, January 10th at his home in Los Angeles.

David Nelson was the last remaining cast member from the popular real-life TV family show, and their sitcom aired on the small screen between 1952 and 1966.

Nelson left school and then went on to attend the University of Southern California before he convinced his parents to let him take part in the show. He was joined on the screen by his brother Ricky who became a teen idol.

David Nelson was given the accolade of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and during his career he notched up a range of TV and film appearances, including roles in Peyton Place, The Big Circus and Love and Kisses.

He leaves behind his wife, Yvonne; as well as four sons and a daughter. According to reports from the Associated Press a memorial service will be held at Pierce Brothers Westwood Mortuary in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 13th.

Other recently deceased stars include  Mick Karn, Gerry Rafferty, plus read more about colon cancer, bowel cancer and pancreatic cancer.

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Type 2 diabetes doubles the risk of cancer in women

A recently conducted study has found that diabetic women are at increased risk of developing cancer. The study has been conducted by the researchers at the Tel Aviv University. According to www.dailymail.co.uk, type 2 diabetes, which is characterized by the body being unable to respond to natural insulin, can lead to cancer tumors. The study was carried out on about 16,000 diabetes patients for a period of 8 years. The research began in the year 2000. These patients were completely free from any cancer symptoms in the beginning.

As per www.sciencedaily.com, the findings of the study revealed that by the end of the year 2008 it was found that diabetic women were at considerably higher risk of cancer especially colon cancer and ovarian cancer. Speaking about the study Dr. Gabriel Chodick said that: “The interaction of diabetes and female hormones appears to exaggerate the risk, and make certain organs like the uterus and ovaries more receptive to certain kinds of cancer.”

The study was published in the medical journal called Cancer Causes & Control. However, the findings revealed that type 2 diabetes was found to have left a rather positive effect on men. Dr. Gabriel Chodick also added that as far as possible women should try and avoid the development of type 2 diabetes by the help of low-carbohydrate and high-fiber diet and regular workout.

What is type 2 diabetes?

Celebrities who have type 2 diabetes include Brittany Murphy and Halle Berry.

Celebrities who suffer from type 1 diabetes include Nick Jonas and Bret Michaels.

What is type 1 diabetes?

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Colon cancer not exacerbated by coffee or soda

People who drink coffee and soda are not more at risk of developing colon cancer than those who do not, according to a recent study.

The research, conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, looked at 13 previous studies on the disease conducted in the US and Europe.

Some of these studies have previously suggested that coffee and tea could increase the risk, and some have claimed it could be lowered. Science Daily points out that tea contains anti-oxidants that could serve to prevent cancer but also has polyamines, which theoretically promote cancer.

Coffee drinkers are not more at risk of getting colon cancer

The new survey looked at 731,441, followed for up to 20 years, 5,604 of which developed colon cancer. Insight into their eating and drinking habits found that coffee lovers – even those who drank up to 6 cups a day – were not more likely to develop the illness. This also applied to those who drank large amounts of soda.

“Drinking coffee, even more than six cups a day, was not associated with risk of colon cancer,” confirmed researcher Dr. Xuehong Zhang of the Harvard School of Public Health.

“The relationship between tea and colon cancer is unclear for the time being,” Dr Zhang added, however.

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Getting a colonoscopy could save your life

Colon cancer is well-known for its muted symptoms. So much so, that the sufferer may not even notice they have the disease until a tumour is fully formed. This being the case, many find that, by the point of diagnosis, it is simply too late to overcome the illness.

However, the survival rate for the cancer if caught in its early stages is very good. According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, as quoted by About, 93% of those diagnosed at Stage 1 make a full recovery. Even at Stage 3, the patient has a half and half chance of survival.

Despite this, the disease, also known as colorectal cancer, claimed over 50,000 American lives in 2006, according to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mary Bearden, writing for the Jackson Sun, says she managed to get screened for everything else over the years but not for colon cancer “(perhaps) thinking that ’colon cancer just couldn’t happen to me’“.

When she finally had a colonoscopy aged 63, doctors found Stage 4 cancer, for which the survival rate is around 8%. If she had been one of the 39% who was diagnosed earlier, her chances may have been cosiderably higher. Mary continues with her battle but has taken it upon herself to emphasise the importance of easily available screening in combating the condition.

As if in response, KSN announced today that 2,500 free colon cancer test kits are to be given out in south-central Kansas. The initiative, funded by the American Cancer Society and other partners, will make the non-invasive fecal occult blood tests available to those over the age of 50 with a family history of the condition.

Dr. Ferris, writing for Carolina Weekly, adds: “Average-risk patients should have a first colonoscopy (available at your doctor’s) at age 50 and every 10 years thereafter, unless pre-cancerous polyps are found, new symptoms develop or the family history changes during the 10-year interval.“

Some symptoms to look out for include changes in bowel habits, blood in the stool, abdonimal pain or bowel obstruction.

Sharon Osbourne and Teddy Pendergrass are among celebrities who have been diagnosed with colon cancer.

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Fish may cut bowel cancer risk

A recent study published in the journal of British Medical Association (BMA) – Gut, reveals that a purified form of an Omega 3 reduces the number and size of  bowel growths, called polyps, in people whose genetics make them prone to bowel cancer.

According to the timesofindia.indiatimes.com, this omega 3 (eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA) may prove to be effective as a prescription drug to treat familial bowel polyps, without any cardiovascular side effects.

Topnews.us reports that the study involved 55 patients with high genetic risk of developing precancerous polyps in the bowel which often develop into tumors, making it necessary to remove large sections of intestines. 28 patients were given daily dose of highly purified form of omega 3, while the rest 27 were administered a placebo (dummy treatment).

Salmon

Salmon

After 6 months, the results showed that the number of polyps increased by about 10 percent among the patients who were given placebo but the number reduced by 12 percent among the patients who received omega 3 capsules. Moreover, it was found that the size of the polyp increased by more than 17 percent in those who were placed in the placebo group and decreased by more than 12 percent among those in the capsule group.

Omega 3 is found naturally in fish oil.

Celebrities who have battled colon cancer include Sharon Osbourne and Teddy Pendergrass.
Farrah Fawcett died of anal cancer in 2009.

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Teddy Pendergrass loses battle with colon cancer

Teddy Pendergrass, also known as Teddy Bear, was known for his masculine, deep voice. The soul singer, who began his career as the drummer for ‘The Cadillacs’, became lead singer of ‘Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ before moving on to his solo career.

Enjoying solo success, Teddy was riding high in the 1970s and early 1980s. His “For Women Only” concerts were sold out and his songs flew up the charts. He could do no wrong until the fateful day in 1982, when he was involved in a serious car accident, which left him partially paralyzed. The circumstances of the accident caused rumor mills to fly into overdrive: his passenger was a transsexual nightclub performer.

After the accident, Teddy underwent physical therapy to learn to deal with his partially paralyzed body. “You feel worthless because all of a sudden you aren’t the way you once were,” he said of the time. “I cried a lot. I was angry.”

Two years after the accident he was back to business and released ‘Love Language’. He continued to make music, also making appearances in his wheelchair at times, until he announced his retirement in 2006.

Today we received news that Teddy Pendergrass has passed away. His son tells the media that Teddy had undergone colon cancer surgery eight months ago, and that he was having a “difficult recovery”.

“To all his fans who loved his music, thanks you,” his son said. “He will live on through his music.”

Teddy died in a suburban hospital in Philadelphia. He was 59 years old.

Other celebrities who have been diagnosed with colon cancer include Sharon Osbourne and Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan and his silent battle with Alzheimer’s Disease

Ronald Reagan’s career began in Hollywood. A producer and actor, he was involved in over 50 movies, his first being released in 1937. After accomplishing a reputation as a Hollywood A-list actor, Reagan moved into politics. Although a registered Democrat, he began endorsed the presidential candidacies of the likes of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. After becoming politically involved in the Californian government, he was elected as Governor of California in 1966. He launched his first presidential campaign in 1976, and then again in 1980, after which he was elected as the 40th President of the United States and the oldest president ever elected into office.

From 1981 to 1985 he was the President of the U.S., enduring many diplomatic complications and responding to many situations of crisis. One personal crisis that affected him was having cancerous polyps removed from his colon in 1985. After a successful three-hour operation, he resumed his presidential duties that very same day. (Click to find out more about colon cancer. Later that year, Reagan also had skin cancer cells removed from his nose. The American people – convinced of his performance as their leader – re-elected Reagan for his second term of presidency from 1985 to 1989, after which President George Bush succeeded him.

Nearly five years after his presidency, Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. In a hand-written letter to the American people, he outlined the situation concerning his illness, stating: “I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease… At the moment I feel just fine. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this earth doing the things I have always done… I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life.”

Alzheimer’s Disease is a neurological disorder which causes brain cells to die. Alzheimer’s, difficult to diagnose in its early stages, becomes progressively worse as time passes. Its general symptoms include a loss of memory, which begins with the short-term and progressively depletes the long-term memory. Alzheimer’s patients usually display a change in personality, become irritable, have mood swings, and withdraw themselves as the memory loss begins to affect their daily routines so much, they are no longer able to complete routine daily tasks. Alzheimer’s, in its progressive years, is fatal. Click to find out more about Alzheimer’s Disease.

As his years with Alzheimer’s progressed, Reagan’s memory began to deteriorate more and more, with his wife Nancy being one of the only people he was still able to recognize. His family decided to keep Reagan away from the public eye, and let him live in quiet isolation, maintaining that he would rather the world to remember him as he was before he became ill.

Ronald Reagan passed away at home on June 5, 2004. His wife Nancy released a statement saying: “My family and I would like the world to know that President Ronald Reagan has passed away after 10 years of Alzheimer’s disease at 93 years of age.” Since his death Nancy Reagan has been advocating for stem-cell research, believing therein lays the cure.

Other famous people to have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s include Charlton Heston.

The extensive medical record of Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne married Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne, a legend to many rock fans, in 1982 after being his manager for three years. The couple built up a life together, having three children and a somewhat regular normal life. The Osbournes, however, are far from normal. Realizing the potential, a Sharon spoke to MTV about doing a reality television show – a show to document the doses of insanity that are prevalent and normal – in the most endearing manner possible – to the Osbourne family’s daily routine.

MTV aired the first episode of ‘The Osbournes’ on March 5, 2002. The family catapulted to fame during the show’s four-year-run. Several months after the premier of the show Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer. Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, occurs in the colon of a human’s digestive system.

Because the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, she was given a 33 percent chance of survival. Despite the grim outlook, Sharon was insistent that MTV cameras continue to document the family’s daily life and follow her throughout her treatment. Sharon had surgery to remove the cancer and underwent chemotherapy. When her hair fell out, she opted to wear a wig.

The toll the cancer took on her family was documented on the TV show. Ozzy admitted he nearly fell apart during her treatment, and their son Jack suffered from depression because of it – so much so, that it was revealed he’d attempted suicide.

Since being declared cancer free, Sharon has been back in front of cameras, hosting a myriad of shows, including ‘The Sharon Osbourne Show’, ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Rock of Love: Charm School’. In March of 2009 a new variety show called ‘Osbournes: Reloaded’ was launched and is currently being aired in the United States.

Sharon Osbourne in 2006

Sharon Osbourne in 2006

But surgery to remove her cancer isn’t the only one Sharon has undergone. The 56-year-old has admitted to having had extensive cosmetic surgery. Among her complete remodelling to change her appearance she says she has had rhytidectomy (a type of cosmetic surgery that involves removing wrinkles for a more youthful appearance), abdominoplasty (a procedure to give the abdomen a firmer appearance by removing excess skin and fat), as well as mastopexy, which is a breast augmentation. Her procedures totalled a whopping $500,000.

The list does not end there: in 1999 Sharon underwent lap-band surgery, in which an adjustable band was wrapped around her stomach. This method – also called Adjustable Gastric Band – is used in obese people to shrink the size and volume of their stomachs, allowing them to eat much less. Sharon lost 100 pounds through the procedure, but her weight troubles did not end there.

Always a little on the heavy side, Sharon has attempted to lose weight many times in her life, leading her to become a yo-yo dieter. Despite the success of her lap-band surgery, she has admitted to still suffering from an eating disorder – namely bulimia. Bulimics binge on food and induce a method of ridding themselves of food immediately thereafter. The most common type of bulimia involves patients self-inducing vomiting after a binge, but other methods include the use of enemas and laxatives. (Click to find out more about bulimia)

To say that Sharon Osbourne’s medical record is extensive would be an understatement, yet the witty, well-respected TV personality and matriarch of the kookiest family on television has proven her perseverance when facing pitfalls in regards to her health.

Other celebrities who have had plastic surgery include Pamela AndersonHeidi MontagDita von TeeseMegan Fox and Demi Moore.

Like Sharon Osbourne, Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein also underwent a stomach operation in order to lose weight.

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Colon cancer

Like many other cancers, it does not have severe symptoms, so that a patient may not notice many changes in their body until the tumors develop. Tumors located in different parts of the bowel will produce different symptoms, however some of the general symptoms include:

  • Change in bowel habits
  • Incomplete defecation
  • Blood in the stool
  • Black stool (Melena)
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anaemia (iron deficiency)
  • Weight loss

This common form of cancer affects many people across the globe. The earlier a patient goes to a doctor with symptoms, the earlier the cancer may be detected, which gives it a higher chance for cure.
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There are different methods to detect colorectal cancer. One includes Digital Rectal Exam, a procedure in which a doctor inserts his gloved finger to feel for abnormalities. This method is only effective if tumors have developed to a size that may be felt.

Colorectal cancer endoscopy

Colorectal cancer endoscopy

Another, more effective procedure is endoscopy. The simple version of this procedure is called sigmoidoscopy, which entails a doctor inserting a probe with a light and small camera into the rectum and lower colon region to search for growths, also known as polyps. A colonoscopy, also a probe with a light and small video camera, is more effective, as it searches the entire colon for polyps, and allows doctors to remove them immediately throughout the procedure.

The tissue samples that are removed (biopsies) are then sent to a laboratory.

If colon cancer is detected at an early stage, it is highly curable. The most common treatment plan includes surgery and chemotherapy – in some cases even radiation therapy. If the cancer consists of only polyps, these can be removed easily during a colonoscopy. If the tumors have grown however, a surgery where the section of the colon where the tumor is located will be removed is necessary.

If the cancer has spread to other parts of the body (metastases), different procedures are necessary.  This later stage of colon cancer is much more difficult to cure, and involves different types of surgery and treatment. (Click here to find out more about colon cancer and treatments)

Some of the risk factors of colorectal cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Age – other older a patient is, the more likely they are to develop colon cancer
  • Food – a diet high in red meat and low in poultry, fish and vegetables increases the risk
  • Alcohol
  • Genes
  • Inactivity – those who exercise less have a higher chance of getting colon cancer
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

To read more about colon cancer, click here.

Celebrities who have been diagnosed with colon cancer include Sharon Osbourne.

Farrah Fawcett died of anal cancer in 2009.