During Men’s Breast Cancer Awareness Week, survivor Charlie Morris shares his story with KPRC 2
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2023 there will be 2,650 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in men and about 530 men will die from breast cancer. This is a number that can be reduced with early detection.
‘What are we waiting for?’ Tense moments during city council meeting over $5M Fifth Ward relocation fund proposal
Last year, the Houston Health Department said it found cancer-causing chemicals in the soil around the Union Pacific Railroad yard. The soil contained dioxin, a highly toxic chemical compound associated with cancer and other severe health risks.
HPV can cause numerous kinds of cancer, yet many people don’t realize it
A majority of Americans are unaware that HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., can cause a number of major cancers, a new study found. Researchers were surprised over one finding in particular: a decline in awareness that HPV, human papillomavirus, is linked to cervical cancer.
Lawsuit: Chemicals in firefighters’ gear causes cancer
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), a labor union representing more than 330,000 firefighters, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the group that set the standard for fire protection gear.
‘A major step forward’: Texas agency touts approval of $90M for state cancer research, grants, prevention efforts
The governing board of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, known as CPRIT, said it approved more than $90 million in new cancer research and prevention grants at its quarterly meeting near the Texas Capitol on Wednesday.
Actor John Travolta among celebrities, social media users react to news on death of ‘Grease’ actress, singer Olivia Newton-John
Family, friends and fans around the world are collectively sharing a moment of sadness after news spread that Olivia Newton-John, a British Australian pop star who dominated the pop culture of an era, died after repeated treatments for cancer. Her family announced her death on Monday. She was 73.
Houston-area authorities discuss ‘next steps’ for Kashmere Gardens, Fifth Ward environmental justice efforts
Houston and Harris County will be joined by environmental experts and Kashmere Gardens - Fifth Ward residents to announce the next step in seeking justice for families living in near the cancer cluster.
‘A godsend’: Rose’s House for breast cancer warriors helps first ‘grateful’ guest through major post-op recovery
Last year, it was just a dream -- serving as a safe haven of comfort and peace, for women recovering from major breast cancer surgery. Now, it’s become a reality for Pat and Phil Gonzales.
Ethan’s Fight: The story one brave boy wanted us to tell
EDITOR’S NOTE: Shortly after this story was told in March 2021, Ethan passed away. Ethan’s fight is now Ethan’s impact. His family, friends, and community continue to rally to honor Ethan and help other families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis. As a way to do both during September -- which is Pediatrics Cancer Awareness Month -- shirts were sold with the saying “Ethan is more precious than gold.” You can read more about how this fundraiser is making a difference, HERE.
Treating colon cancer can be effective with early screenings and detection
Symptoms of colorectal cancer aren’t always obvious, which is why experts stress the importance of early detection through screenings. Colorectal cancer is also the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States for both men and women. Screening optionsThere isn’t a best option when it comes to screening for polyps or colorectal cancer, but you have several choices. The death rate from colorectal cancer has been dropping in both men and women for several decades. This is likely to due to early detection from screenings, in addition to improvements in colorectal cancer treatments.
State health report finds alarming rate of cancer diagnosis among children in 5th ward
In 2020, a state health and human services report found higher rates of lung, esophagus and throat cancer among adults in the area. Now, a new report released earlier in January shows children sickened with Leukemia at nearly five times the expected rate. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is calling on Union Pacific and state agencies to get involved and care for these families. Both cancer clusters are near legacy creosote contamination at a facility now owned by Union Pacific. “I am requesting that Union Pacific help to relocate affected residents and create a buffer between contaminated areas and homes in the neighborhood.
Bells for Abigail: KPRC 2 celebrates Julian Galloway, who is officially cancer free
HOUSTON – It has been almost a year since KPRC 2 launched our Bells for Abigail series and families are still sending us their victorious bell-ringing videos. Today, we are celebrating Julian Galloway. It has been a difficult year for Julian and his family, but they battled cancer together. Because of COVID-19 restrictions at the hospital, Julian’s school in Corpus Christi hosted a bell-ringing celebration for him this past week. Julian rang the bell as his classmates and teachers at St. Pius X Catholic School cheered him on.
Former coworker remembers Dinah Powers after Houston radio personality loses cancer battle
HOUSTON – Dinah Powers exploded across Houston’s airwaves when she won a competition to co-host the Rod Ryan Show on The Buzz in 2012. However, Powers was much more than a radio personality in Houston. This summer, Powers was diagnosed with uterine cancer, Rockface said. Powers fought cancer and there were glimmers of hope, but she passed away after cancer reached her lungs. Whether she was making you smile through the radio or helping with charities, Powers was here for Houston.
Can you recognize our KPRC 2 men? Check out their No-Shave November progress pics
HOUSTON – By now you may have noticed a lot more stubble from the KPRC 2 men. Many might think they forgot to shave in the morning, however, the gentlemen are putting down their razors to help raise awareness for men’s health. While there are plenty of days remaining this month, we want to give you an update on their latest looks. Scroll to the bottom to support the No-Shave November campaignBill Barajas - Week 3 of No-Shave November (KPRC)Joe Sam- Week 3 of No-Shave November (KPRC)Owen Conflenti - Week 3 of No-Shave November (KPRC)Ari Alexander - Week 3 of No-Shave November (KPRC)Michael Lopardi- Week 3 of No-Shave November (KPRC)Keith Garvin - Week 3 of No-Shave November (KPRC)Justin Stapleton - Week 3 of No-Shave November (KPRC)Jonathan Martinez - Week 3 of No-Shave November (KPRC)Eric Braate - Week 3 of No-Shave November (KPRC)How to donate? You can either donate to the team as a whole or donate to your favorite KPRC 2 team member.
Photos: Alex Trebek through the years
Alex Trebek, the iconic host of Jeopardy, lost his battle with cancer and died on Sunday, according to multiple reports. is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Alex Trebek, Vanna White, Pat Sajak and Merv Griffin in 2006. (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images) (Getty Images.)
MD Anderson’s Boot Walk to End Cancer® goes virtual
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. HOUSTON – Help give cancer the boot with this annual event that raises money for the prevention and treatment of cancer at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Amanda Armstrong, caregiver and Boot Walk participant, shares more on the virtual walk and how you can participate in your own neighborhood. Click here to learn more about this event.
Health panel proposes colon cancer tests start at 45, not 50
NEW YORK – A panel of health experts wants U.S. adults to start getting colon cancer screenings at age 45, five years younger than it previously recommended. The group is proposing that adults of average risk for colon cancer be screened from ages 45 to 75. The task force advice on screening doesn't apply to those with colon cancer, polyps or a family history of colon cancer or genetic disorders that increase their risk. Colon cancer, along with rectal cancer, is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., with an estimated 148,000 new cases this year. With the change, doctors should feel comfortable recommending colon cancer screens to younger patients, said the cancer group's Robert Smith.
How transoral robotic surgery at Memorial Hermann is helping patients recover faster
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. HOUSTON – A local surgeon is helping patients with throat cancer avoid chemotherapy and radiation treatments with robotic surgery. Dr. Kunal Jain, Assistant Professor at UT Health’s McGovern Medical School and Head and Neck Surgeon at Memorial Hermann shares more on this minimally invasive approach along with his patient, John Bush. For more information on this procedure, call 713-486-5000.
Voices of Houston: Meet Dorothy Gibbons, a local leader helping more than 40K women annually
Related: This Houston hairstylist is on a mission to empower breast cancer patientsAt the time, co-founders Dorothy Gibbons and Dr. Dixie Melillo were working at Bayshore Medical Center. We were seeing a lot of late-stage breast cancer,” said Gibbons, co-founder of The Rose. In 1986, The Rose began its operation, becoming the first nonprofit breast cancer organization based on the insured covering the costs of the uninsured. According to The Rose, this program ensures any woman has access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and care. “We call our women ‘Sponsored Women’ because we think everyone sometimes in their life needs a little help,” said Gibbons.
When to begin mammograms, why you shouldn’t use COVID-19 as an excuse to skip them
“Whenever we diagnose breast cancer early, the cure rate is above 90%,” said oncologist Dr. Philip Salem. Kylene Beers, of The Woodlands, said doctors found her breast cancer early. “If you diagnose breast cancer early you can cure it,” Dr. Salem said. Cancer is going to keep moving forward and do what it knows how to do, which is reproduce, reproduce, reproduce. Patients who put off mammograms and any cancer screenings could be putting themselves at serious risk.
This Houston hairstylist is on a mission to empower breast cancer patients
HOUSTON – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and what better time to highlight the work that a local hairstylist has been doing to assist patients dealing with hair loss during treatment. Venita Graves (Beauty Beyond Breast Cancer)“17 years ago, I was doing my self-exam and I found a lump. We lift their esteem, motivate them and inspire them to feel that (there’s) beauty beyond breast cancer. The effect is an unforgettable experience for cancer patients and survivors. To donate or to connect with Beauty Beyond Breast Cancer, click here.
What you need to know about prostate cancer
HOUSTON – September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time to keep in mind that according to the American Cancer Society, about one out of nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. To stress the importance of screenings and having the right treatment for this disease, urologist, Dr. Nathaniel Barnes, and radiation oncologist, Dr. Shariq Khwaja with Memorial Hermann Cancer Center, shared details that you need to know about how to tackle prostate cancer. “When we talk about risks, risks are defined by our genetics and the environment, particularly the interplay between the two. There is currently no way to prevent prostate cancer,” warned Khwaja, who mentioned that his type of cancer can be treatable, but early detention is important. For more information about prostate cancer screening and treatments, visit cancer.memorialhermann.org/prostate-cancer, or call 833-770-7771.
Conroe remembers Mayor Toby Powell with memorial procession
HOUSTON – A funeral procession for Conroe Mayor Toby Powell was held Friday. The procession began at 10 a.m. at 700 Metcalf St. (FM 2854) and wound through downtown Conroe before continuing on to the Garden Park Cemetery, 801 Teas Road (FM 3083). Here was the procession route. Memorial procession for Mayor Toby Powell. Powell died on Sept. 12 after a battle with cancer.
Conroe Mayor Toby Powell dies after ‘valiant fight against cancer,’ city says
HOUSTON – Mayor Toby Powell died Saturday at his home surrounded by his family, the city of Conroe announced. “Mayor Powell has fought a valiant fight against cancer for the past several years and even through his personal pain he has led this City with integrity, spirit, determination,” the city wrote in a Facebook tribute. “Mayor Powell once said he would fight for the City of Conroe, that he loved so much until his dying breath.”“Rest in Peace Mayor Toby — job on earth well done. Please pray for the City and the Mayor’s family during this difficult time.”The Conroe Police Department also extended condolences to the Powell family. “Rest in peace Honorable Mayor of the City of Conroe, Toby Powell,” the department wrote on Facebook.
Doctors raise concern as colon cancer screenings down during pandemic
HOUSTON Diagnoses for colon cancer went down 46% in March and April this year. While fewer people getting a cancer diagnosis is typically a good thing, the sudden decrease is another concern for doctors brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Terah Isaacson, a Colon and Rectal surgeon, said colorectal screenings have gone down recently, probably because people are making fewer visits to doctors during the pandemic. Looking at the newly identified cancers from March to April, the breast and colorectal patients were cut in half. Weve seen patients in their 20s, 30s, 40s, definitely.She said while cancer screenings are supposed to be covered by insurance, sometimes the way insurance companies interpret codes and billing can leave the patient with a large payment.
Friends bring businesses to aid needy Bangladeshi people
With that, they began distributing food packs in the impoverished neighborhoods in Dhaka. Eventually, they succeeded in bringing about 120 organizations and business houses under one umbrella for their aid campaign, Mission Save Bangladesh. Kadir spoke with The Associated Press as he and other volunteers visited a cancer hospital in Dhaka to distribute food packs. The group provided food packs to about 13,000 families and another 60,000 individuals. Abdullah Biswas, a father of a cancer patient in a specialized cancer hospital in Dhaka, was happy to get food packs.
My pandemic pregnancy: From infertility to cancer to IVF to a 20-week scare: ‘It happened exactly how it was supposed to’
When Hillary Calhoun’s fertility doctor brought her in for a procedure and then a nurse called her just a few short business days later, asking her to come into the office immediately, the now-36-year-old had a hunch something wasn’t right.
Mary Kay Letourneau Dead of Cancer at 58
Mary Kay Letourneau, the former Washington schoolteacher who made headlines for her sexual relationship with an underage student in 1997, has died, according to multiple reports. Letourneau was battling stage 4 colon cancer, and spent the past month in hospice care, TMZ reports. In 1997, Letourneau pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree child rape for her sexual relationship with a 12-year-old student, Vili Fualaau. Letourneau illegally continued her relationship with Fualaau, giving birth to two children with the minor by the time he was 15. RELATED CONTENT:Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau Legally Separate More Than 20 Years After Teacher-Student AffairMary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau Introduce Their Two Teenage Daughters on '20/20'Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau Discuss Their 10th Wedding Anniversary on '20/20'
’Bells for Abigail’ cancer-fighter has relapse
HOUSTON – Our Bells for Abigail segment continues to touch lives hearts, as we celebrate courageous cancer fighters as they ring their end-of-treatment bell. But this series is also about supporting children after that bell-ringing, especially when there is a relapse. He rang his bell in December after his battle with medulloblastoma, one of the most common types of brain tumors found in kids. But last month, Damian's cancer came back. We will keep you updated on brave little Damian’s fight to beat cancer once again.
A Texas restaurant opened early to serve a 3-year-old cancer patient her favorite meal
But she still wanted to dine at her favorite restaurant. When J. Wilson's in Beaumont, Texas, heard their tiny customer's desire, they opened up early, decorated in pink and covered the cost of the meal. Battling cancerLunch at the neighborhood favorite J. Wilson's was a family tradition. Then, on her third birthday, Adelaide's pediatrician told Nguyen to get her checked after he observed red spots on her body. The staff decorated the restaurant with Adelaide's favorite color, pink, and made her favorite food: biscuits.
Bells for Abigail: Celebrating Abigail Arias one year after she was sworn in as an honorary Freeport police officer
FREEPORT, Texas – February 7 will always be a special day for the city of Freeport’s Police Department for Abigail Arias’ family. Exactly one year to the day, the little cancer fighter became an honorary Freeport police officer, inspiring law enforcement and cancer fighters all over the world. Abigail’s life and legacy were honored with a special tribute at the Freeport Police Department on Friday morning. Freeport Police Chief Raymond Garivey honored the brave fight of little Brianna during Friday’s ceremony and thanked Abigail for continuing to inspire other little cancer fighters. “One year later, look around this room, she continues to inspire people all over.”You can upload of your little cancer fighter rining bells below:
City health officials survey families in ‘cancer cluster’ neighborhoods
Why the Survey Matters“We know that the contaminants in the groundwater plume are carcinogenic and we know that this community has a cancer cluster—that means elevated cancer cases—and the TCEQ actually requested the cancer cluster analysis,” Dr. Lauren Hopkins, the Houston Health Department’s Chief Environmental Science Officer, said. Hopkins said they know that there is a carcinogenic chemical plume contaminating underground water underneath approximately 110 homes in Fifth Ward and Kashmere Gardens. A Community in ActionThe study sparked a fiery response from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, as well as Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, the Houston Health Department and community groups. IMPACT Greater Houston and the Houston Health Department informed residents about the community meetings on January 13 and February 10, when the Houston Health Department plans to release the results of Saturday’s survey. Jackson-Lee is also working with the state and federal officials and planning a large-scale stakeholder meeting on January 21 in the Fifth Ward at 7 p.m.
Cancer cluster found in Fifth Ward, Kashmere Gardens
HOUSTON – A report conducted by the Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed a cancer cluster in northeast Houston. Significantly higher than normal diagnoses of the deadly disease were found among residents of the Fifth Ward and Kashmere Gardens neighborhoods, the study confirmed. The report analyzed data from the Texas Cancer Registry over a 17-year period, from 2000 to 2016. “Our neighborhood is contaminated from Union Pacific,” Edwards insisted. Cantu represents Impact Fifth Ward and its push for answers about creosote cleanup and cancer.