Chemical Used to Turn Soda Brown Causes Cancer

Harry Styles pepsiPeople who thought avoiding diet soda would help them steer clear of cancer are sorely mistaken. These days, due to the laziness and greed of manufacturers, you can count on the additives in pretty much all prepackaged, non-organic food and drink to put you at risk for cancer, including of course, the common chemical used to turn your favorite sodas brown.

Pepsi, Coke, Dr. Pepper and other brands have been strongly linked to the disease due to their use of 4-Methylimidazole.  Continue reading “Chemical Used to Turn Soda Brown Causes Cancer”

Adult Circumcision Greatly Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer (Grab the Scissors!)

A Canadian study done on 3,208 patients found that circumcised men had a substantially decreased chance of developing prostate cancer.

14% for white males who had the procedure as babies and a whopping 45% for those who had it as adults.

Any time someone brings up circumcision I think of:

1. Megan Fox’s sea cucumber reference in Jennifer’s Body.

2. The Sex and the City episode where Charlotte compares an uncut man’s penis to a Shar Pei.

3. Matt on Nip/Tuck circumcising himself at home after his surgeon father refuses.

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Robin Roberts is Gay, Thanks Girlfriend For Support

Robin Roberts vintage ESPNThis afternoon my news feed was bursting at the seams about Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts’ gayness. Upon telling my snarky roommate, he said he wasn’t surprised and when I asked if it was because she had short hair he said, “No, she was a really good college basketball player.”

I don’t want to admit that that makes sense because it’s less politically correct than Tiffany “Pennsatucky” on Orange Is The New Black, but it’s definitely funny. (Click here for a look at her as a Lady Lion at Southeastern Louisiana University.)

Roberts didn’t loudly “come out,” she simply mentioned her long time massage therapist girlfriend Amber Laign on Facebook.  Continue reading “Robin Roberts is Gay, Thanks Girlfriend For Support”

Bruce Jenner Suffering From Skin Cancer ‘For Several Years’

Bruce Jenner nose cancerThe lone elder pole vaulting penis of the Kardashian Kamp was not punched in the face by Kris Jenner for failing to put his toy helicopters away after all…

After being photographed out and about with a bandaged face, Bruce Jenner confirms to E! News that he has undergone surgery to remove cancerous tissue from his nose, thus urging us all to protect our non-Armenian skin with handfuls of sunscreen and to steal wide-rimmed golf hats from that special old man in your life. (Be it a sugar daddy, grandfather, or clueless neighbor.)

“I was diagnosed with…Basal cell carcinoma and have undergone Mohs surgery to remove it,” 63-year-old Jenner tells the site. “I have been struggling with this for several years and appreciate all of the support and prayers while I continue to fight the battle against skin cancer.”  Continue reading “Bruce Jenner Suffering From Skin Cancer ‘For Several Years’”

Real-Life and TV Cop Dennis Farina Died of Complications From Lung Cancer

Dennis FarinaIt has been revealed that actor and former police officer Dennis Farina‘s passing on Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona was due to complications from lung cancer.

“He had a small cancer 13 years ago that was treated and cured with surgery,” his cardiologist said in a statement. “Over the last several months, he unfortunately experienced a recurrence of the cancer which was being treated. Despite treatment, over the weekend a blood clot developed in Mr. Farina’s lung which unexpectedly and suddenly took his life.”

Farina, 69, appeared in more than 70 movies and TV shows in his lifetime. His credits include LuckLaw and Order, Reindeer Games, Snatch, Out of Sight and Get Shorty with James Gandolfini (RIP).  Continue reading “Real-Life and TV Cop Dennis Farina Died of Complications From Lung Cancer”

Gwyneth Paltrow Thinks the Sun is Good For Her

Gwyneth Paltrow in the sunGood news, haters. Gwyneth Paltrow said this really atrocious thing to Cosmo UK about how the sun can’t hurt her.

I don’t know if it’s because she’s Blythe Danner’s daughter or because I have a weird uncalled-for obsession with the movie Duets, but I just keep expecting so much more from Gwyneth.

“We’re human beings and the sun is the sun – how can it be bad for you?” she said. “I don’t think anything that is natural can be bad for you.”

While I think she was probably just talking about Vitamin D, which has been proven to decrease the chances of heart disease, the wording makes me want to throw Apple and Chris Martin on a kebab.

Even if there weren’t massive holes in the ozone layer because people in the ’20s and ’30s made refrigerators and hairspray out of Krypton’s core, it still wouldn’t be good to sit in the scalding hot sun for the duration of a Madonna concert.  Continue reading “Gwyneth Paltrow Thinks the Sun is Good For Her”

Melissa Etheridge is Banned From My Window Until She Shuts Up About Angelina Jolie

Melissa Etheridge on stageMusician, activist and cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge dislikes all the talk of Angelina Jolie as a brave and honorable soul.

During a non-televised interview, Etheridge said Jolie actually made the “most fearful choice,” adding that her stress levels and nutrition should have been taken into account.

“It’s the stress that will turn that gene on or not,” Etheridge told the Washington Blade. “Plenty of people have the gene mutation and everything but it never comes to cancer.”

There are so many things wrong with that statement, I don’t even know where to start. It’s like the notion that you can’t catch a cold unless you’re a feeble, bedridden old geezer.

Eating healthy, exercising and living with the lowest amount of stress are proven ways to extend the human lifespan, but cancer is much harder to avoid than say, heart disease.  Continue reading “Melissa Etheridge is Banned From My Window Until She Shuts Up About Angelina Jolie”

Queen Helen Mirren Makes Dying Child’s Wish Come True

Helen Mirren make a wishAfter the real monarch of England was too busy and self-involved to fulfill 10-year-old Oliver Burton’s dream of meeting her, dame Helen Mirren, who won an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a SAG for her performance as Camilla in 2006’s The Queen stepped in.

Mirren reportedly stayed in character during a sit-down with Burton, who is not expected to not live past June, sharing tea with him and introducing him to one of the Welsh Corgis from her play, The Audience. From The Sun:

The actress, 67, even KNIGHTED the excited schoolboy “Sir Oliver” during his visit, telling The Sun: “It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet such a brave young man.”

His mum Catherine, 29, and dad James, 32, said Oliver, who also has Down’s syndrome, truly thought the actress was the real royal deal.  Continue reading “Queen Helen Mirren Makes Dying Child’s Wish Come True”

Angelina Jolie Starts Dialogue on Genetic Testing, Lands Cover of Time Magazine

Angelina Jolie cancer coverAngelina Jolie caused quite a stir when she announced she had both her breasts removed shortly after learning that she had an 86% chance of developing cancer in them at some point in her life.

Most applauded her courage in one way or another. Some respected her choice even though it was not the one they would have made while others slammed her, calling the decision and following announcement extreme and irresponsible because it might encourage other women to “mutilate” themselves. (“Where is the proof that she even did it in the first place?” one ScienceAlert user wondered.)

Jolie’s predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer (caused by the BRCA1 gene) also brought up the timely issue of who can and can’t afford the highest quality of health care in our country. People know the system doesn’t work, but no one – politician or otherwise – seems to know how to fix it.  Continue reading “Angelina Jolie Starts Dialogue on Genetic Testing, Lands Cover of Time Magazine”

Angelina Jolie Had a Double Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie 2013Angelina Jolie explained her recent absence, revealing that she had joined the likes of Giuliana Rancic, Sharon Osbourne, Kylie Minogue, Kathy Bates and the tens of thousands of American women who undergo mastectomy a year, in a New York Times piece titled “My Medical Choice.”

Jolie wrote that the decision to have her breasts surgically removed and replaced with implants came after doctors learned that she carries a gene that heavily increases the chance of developing breast cancer.

In the heart-melting article, she describes the process, which began in early February and ended in late April, and encourages others to be brave and get tested.  Continue reading “Angelina Jolie Had a Double Mastectomy”

Beloved Film Critic Roger Ebert Dead at 70

Rogert Ebert starIt’s hard to not be emotional about the passing of Roger Ebert, who died today at the age of 70 after a long struggle with thyroid cancer, considering he was the only critic I trusted and agreed with 99.9% of the time. (The .01% being horror movies and video games not being art.)

Without him, I would have thought that all reviewers were ignoramuses, paid off by the studios or overly invested in tip-toeing around bashing something that will likely appeal to the majority, or praising something that might not.

Who are we left with, without Roger? Peter Travers makes my stomach churn (still reeling from the two and a half stars he gave to the American remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the three and a half given to the mediocre Haywire), and Richard Roeper is too nice.  Continue reading “Beloved Film Critic Roger Ebert Dead at 70”

Colts’ Cheerleaders Shave Their Heads in Honor of Coach Pagano

Dozens of Colts players, including Adam Vinatieri and Andrew Luck, shaved their heads earlier this month in honor of coach Chuck Pagano and his struggle with leukemia. Two cheerleaders followed in the team’s heartwarming footsteps during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Bills after fans donated $22,000 to cancer research, shaving their locks and smiling about it afterward.

“I’ve just had personal experiences with people who have had cancer,” Megan M. (right) told a reporter.

“I’ve had mentors and family members and volunteer at Riley and met little girls who have lost their hair and beat cancer multiple times.”  Continue reading “Colts’ Cheerleaders Shave Their Heads in Honor of Coach Pagano”

‘Dallas’ Star Larry Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012) Dead at 81

Larry Hagman, best known for his work as Tony Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie and J.R. Ewing on Dallas (which was just brought back by TNT in June of this year), passed away at a Texas hospital surrounded by family and friends yesterday after a 13-month battle with throat cancer.

“Larry Hagman was my best friend for 35 years. He was the Pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew,” Hagman’s television wife Linda Gray, who convinced him to eat vegan as a health precaution, told People. “He was creative, generous, funny, loving and talented and I will miss him enormously. He was an original and lived life to the fullest.”

Warner Brothers released their own statement explaining that the “sad news will be incorporated into the storyline” as Dallas progresses.

Andy Whitfield Documentary ‘Be Here Now’ Explores Cancer And ‘Spartacus’

A documentary called Be Here Now by Academy Award-nominated Lilibet Foster (producer of Speaking In Strings) chronicling the months before Spartacus star Andy Whitfield‘s death should be coming out sometime after July 23.

The film, which follows Whitfield and his wife on a trip to India to explore alternate forms of treatment for the cancer that eventually killed him, recently reached its Kickstarter goal of $200,000. Camera crews tailed the pair for over a year, until September of 2011.  Continue reading “Andy Whitfield Documentary ‘Be Here Now’ Explores Cancer And ‘Spartacus’”

‘Boobstagram,’ Instagram’s Seedy French Uncle

Two Frenchman have taken the best parts of the photo-sharing filter program Instagram and transformed it into “Boobstagram.”

It’s a compilation of thousands of pictures of barely-covered bosoms from Instagram (thanks, Paulina Gretzky), AND it promotes breast cancer awareness!

See, it’s right there on the front of the page:

“Showing your boobs on the web is good, showing them to your doctor is better.” 

Founder Julien GLT and sociologist Lionel Pourtau explain that their idea is “glamorous,” “audacious,” and “original.”  Continue reading “‘Boobstagram,’ Instagram’s Seedy French Uncle”

Desperate Housewives’ Kathryn Joosten, Dead At 72

Kathryn Joosten, best known for her hilarious roles as Mrs. McCluskey on Desperate Housewives, secretary Dolores Landingham in The West Wing, and “old lady god” in Joan of Arcadia, passed away on Friday of lung cancer.

Joosten had struggled with the illness two separate times, once in 2001 and then again in 2008. She won two Emmys for Housewives and a story arc focusing on cancer was included for her character.

Besides her three most notable television gigs, she played small parts in every show you can name – everything from Will & Grace to Monk, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Closer, and General Hospital.

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Video: Donna Summer – “Bad Girls/Hot Stuff” Live @ Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2009

As you probably know, Donna Summer passed away yesterday at the age of 63. The queen of disco, who transcended the genre, was taken by cancer in her home in Florida.

In honor of her, I wanted to just post this video and direct you the her obituary from The New York Times, which is (obviously) better and more comprehensive than anything I could write.

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