Posts Tagged ‘testicular cancer’

Dee Dee Ferguson . CEO of Foundation and Timothy Murray, Testicular Cancer Survivorr

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Connecting people with hope  the way a sunflower always stands tall and connects with the sun.

My first guest, Dee Dee Ferguson, founded Connect4Hope after her mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2017. To give her mom and entire family hope, DeeDee wanted to find and share stories of others who had successfully healed from cancer, but she didn’t know where to turn. This led her to create Connect4Hope, where she shares stories of people who have successfully conquered terminal illness, in order to provide hope and inspiration to others. Through Connect4Hope, DeeDee is striving to unite people facing common challenges by eradicating fear and replacing it with hope. Her goal is to provide a virtual bridge to connect and support people in common situations worldwide and empower them with positivity, optimism and inspiration so they can survive their current health crises and thrive.

DeeDee grew up in a tight-knit New England community, which provided her with a great appreciation for relationships and the natural way people come together to support one another when challenges occur. Prior to discovering her true calling, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree from Columbia University and worked in Corporate America for 20 years. She is passionate about holistic health and is devoted to reading books on wellness and spirituality. Now she is combining her entrepreneurial spirit with her passion for community and well-being to be of service to others and bring much-needed hope to this world.

Timothy Murray-Musician–Testicular Cancer Survivor  is a minimalist electronic composer based out of Los Angeles. He currently performs with his partner Anna Wallace in the experimental duo called Holy Pink.

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Is the Risk of Testicular Cancer Increased by Fetal Exposure to Radiation?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

A new study published in PLoS ONE concluded that male fetuses of women exposed to radiation during early pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing testicular cancer. In the study that began as an examination of endocrine disrupters as a possible cause of testicular cancer, researchers gave modest doses of radiation, a DNA-damaging agent, to female mice in the middle of their pregnancy. All male offspring developed testicular cancer, compared to 45 percent of mice not exposed to radiation and cancers were more aggressive and had more sites of origin. The study therefore suggested that DNA damaging agents should be studied as a factor in the increased prevalence of testicular cancer. The researcher said “although radiation exposure of pregnant females has been declining and is unlikely to be responsible for this increase, we intent to follow this up with studies on DNA-damaging chemicals found in cigarette smoke and air pollution, to which exposure of pregnant women have been increasing.” “A second class of DNA-damaging agents that we intend to study is chemotherapy drugs like cyclophosphamide, which are used to treat pregnant women with breast cancer.” “Studies at MD Anderson of the children of these women did not show increases in birth or developmental defects. However, we need to test these agents in our animal models since testicular cancer usually does not appear until early adulthood.”