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We’ve researched trends, educated veterans and service members, and providers about cancer in the post-9/11 era military.We’ve grown and adapted to the current cancer climate to continue onward to accomplish the mission in preventing as many ‘preventable’ cancer deaths as possible. We are a small, but fierce organization.Our team, whole-heartedly dedicated to this lifesaving goal.As healthcare providers, and military veterans, our hearts lie with those we’ve stood shoulder-to-shoulder with. Humbled to say the HunterSeven Foundation has hit 200 cancer screenings and testing year-to-date. An ounce of prevention now, is a pound of cure later. Earlier this year, the President signed a proclamation, deeming April: National Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Month. We were humbled to have been a critical part in this accomplishment.Today, we share the official proclamation signed by the President and presented to HunterSeven Foundations’ founder and Iraq War veteran, Kyle Simoni - #ManInTheArena for the work done by the team each hour of each day behind the scenes. Thank you to the White House Military and Veteran Staff.We intend to double, if not exceed, the number of preventive screenings completed this year, and we invite you all to help us in exceeding this goal, raising the bar in #CancerPrevention• Share the information• Complete your recommended screenings• Speak with your providers with health concernsKnowledge is Power; Education is Key 🎗️#PublicHealth #WhiteHouse #CancerScreening

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Chelsey Simoni — Let me know how we can help you reach that number!

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    An excellent narrative review published last week days ago in Current Environmental Health Reports looked at the environment and migraine headaches. Of course, we know that breathing in tiny, micron-sized particulates is not the best thing for our health. Those who have deployed overseas or served in a high particulate-producing occupation (such as aviation, EOD, or even those driving within convoys) have experienced short-term effects.Short-term or acute exposures to small particulate matter (specifically PM2.5) can lead to eye, nose, and throat irritation, coughing, shortness of breath, and allergy-like symptoms. However, once the irritant is removed, these symptoms usually subside within 24-48 hours.But what if you are exposed to these small particulates for a longer period, such as the deployment duration? This chronic or long-term exposure has some potentially harmful effects on human health. Many post-9/11 military veterans have been diagnosed with sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, and new-onset allergies. Other long-term medical issues that have been diagnosed in association with particulate matter include obstructive sleep apnea, cardiac-related issues, lung scarring (fibrosis), and some cancers.The issue specifically addressed in this review is migraine headaches.To determine the commonality of migraine headaches among post-9/11 military veterans, we went to the HunterSeven Foundation Request for Support portal and pulled 295 forms completed within the past year. Of those, 53% had reported suffering from headaches. Of those, four hadn't deployed overseas. Interestingly, of those who reported headaches, 95% had deployed to Iraq, 69% to Afghanistan, 56% to Kuwait, and 31% to Djibouti. As studies have shown over the past two decades, nations in the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia have had their fair share of military-related emissions, local pollution (leaded gasoline, burning trash), and environmental sandstorms/dust storms. Those #veterans who've deployed understand the term "moon dust" and how it gets into every crack, crevice, and space—this includes your tear ducts, nasal passages, and oral cavity.For those dealing with chronic headaches, consider an in-home air purification system (we like SOF veteran-owned Grovpure, LLC). If you wake up feeling congested or stuffy, it is worth making a trip to your PCM and requesting an ENT (ear, nose, throat) consult. Those small particulates may have caused some sinusitis and sinus-related scarring, which can trigger migraine headaches.Read the review publication: https://lnkd.in/gm4R-u3TLearn about small airborne particulates and heavy metals: https://lnkd.in/gqwZHc47

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    Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Gala this weekend. Chelsey Simoni of HunterSeven was selected for the “Captain Jennifer Harris Award” for meritorious conduct in supporting Gold Star Families and military veterans through the HunterSeven Foundations work. Chelsey and the team were honored to even be asked to attend and to be considered, humbled by the dedication and willingness from the community in supporting post-9/11 veterans, cancer screening and continued care. Thank you Dan Magoon and Molly Broderick and the MFH team for your continued love and loyalty.Pretty awesome catching up with our good friend Tulsi, she flew out from Hawaii to hang and spread the aloha 🤙🏼🌺#ForLoveOfCountry

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    “We visit Walter Reed Oncology/Hematology every three months. I get blood drawn, review the results with the doc, and get a Lupron shot. This is our battle rhythm. Our ‘surveillance’ routine. I don’t let myself focus on these visits because it’s not how I choose to live my life. But, there is no escaping the looming question that arises every three months when you’re playing the containment game. Will the numbers still look good? Will PSA still be undetectable? In other words, is the containment strategy still working? That angst is best mitigated with attitude. I choose to stay positive. I choose to make every day matter…” - Matt Howard, CPYB ——————If you are looking for some #Motivation this is it:#MarineCorps Helicopter Pilot, LtCol. Matt Howard (ret.), served 20+ years, flying some of the most sensitive, VIP missions. Matt logged thousands of hours in flight.But in 2021, Matt was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. He refused to let cancer control how he lived his life. He chose to conquer cancer by living life to the fullest each day.On July 1st, a little more than a month away, Matt will set off on the 118 mile bicycle ride, called the “Triple Bypass” as the mountains and elevation equals nearly 11,000 feet of vertical climb. While making this trek, Matt is also fundraising 50/50 for the Travis Manion Foundation and the HunterSeven Foundation to help both organizations continue their lifesaving missions.We’ll be keeping everyone updated on Matts progress during the #TripleBypass trek! And we’ll continue to cheer him on in his battle with #Cancer 🎗️🇺🇸❤️ ▶️ Learn how to support Matt and the mission: https://lnkd.in/ezrqBs3g

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    Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in the general population within the United States. Still, it is also one of the most common diagnoses amongst active duty military personnel. Between 2001 and 2021, according to DOD MDR/GENESIS electronic medical health records, the following number of active duty service members had been diagnosed with individualized, skin-related cancers:- Malignant Melanoma: 6,819 - Carcinoma in situ (early stages) of the skin: 3,167- Melanoma in situ (early stages): 6,152- Other and Unspecified malignant neoplasms of the skin: 17,122Thankfully, most skin cancers have a high survival rate if caught in the early stages, making early identification critical. The downfall of skin cancer, especially #Melanoma, is that it grows inwards towards the body, so you may not see skin cancer progress on the topical, dermal level. Below is a #SkinCancer specific handout discussing risks related to military service and skin cancer, exposures that may influence skin cancers, the ABCDEs of skin cancer screening, and protective resources!TRICARE does cover skin cancer exams for those with certain risk factors, including family history and frequent sun exposures (almost all military veterans).

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    "It’s ok to be tired… just don’t quit.” - Ronald Shurer IIThose few words have embedded themselves in our minds for some time. Something so small, has such a large… larger than life, meaning.Serving as an 18D, special forces medic and #GreenBeret, Medal of Honor Recipient, and Secret Service Agent, SSG Ronald Shurer II, passed away, four years ago today, after a long-fought battle with lung cancer at 41.Ron was inspiring for more reasons than his Medal of Honor citation mentioned. Ron was an incredibly humbling man, inspiring and soft-spoken. Selfless and committed. He was a top-tier medic (which is evident as the men of ODA 3336 took zero fatalities during the battle of Shok Valley), and he was an incredible husband and loving father. Ron is missed by so many, and his legacy leaves large boots to fill for any who may try.No matter how tired you are... how stacked the cards may be against you, just don’t quit, never, ever give up the fight. Ron will continue to inspire 🤍 #RonShurer

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    Reading “Fatal Conveniences” by Darin Olien, which cited an FDA / HHS study, some of the findings are important to note. The FDA states that only two active ingredients found in sunscreens are “generally recognized as safe and effective”: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide—both natural substances. These sunscreens are considered “Mineral-based.” On the contrary, “Chemical-based” sunscreens are precisely what they seem, full of chemicals: PABA, dioxybenzone, trolamine salicylate, avobenzone, octocrylene, oxybenzone, etc. The Matta et al., 2020 study found that after a single application of sunscreen, subjects’ blood concentrations of oxybenzone were more than 180x the FDA’s level of concern and continued to rise to more than 500x the FDA’s safety threshold after four days of recommended use per the label. High levels of oxybenzone in the blood found in adolescent boys resulted in significantly lower testosterone levels.This chemical has been associated with shorter pregnancies, lower birth rates, and increased risk for developing breast cancer and endometriosis. And because the chemical has “anti-inflammatory” properties, it may hide symptoms associated with sunburn. This chemical isn’t just bad for your body but isn’t reef-safe or environmentally friendly. Two of these dangerous chemicals have been banned within the state of #Hawaii and the city of Key West, FL. Mineral-based sunscreen may be more difficult to rub in, as it creates a physical protective barrier for the skin. This physical barrier absorbs sunlight before it reaches the skin, so it is thicker and maybe a little more difficult to apply (but it is worth it). ☀️ Visit https://lnkd.in/eV2qhutF and use the code HUNTERSEVEN25 to save on mineral-based, reef-safe sunscreen while protecting your skin! ☀️#SkinCancerAwareness #PreventCancer

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    Erlend Gray is a 42-year-old father of two, special operations veteran, Antarctic explorer, and eternal optimist. In February 2023, his doctors gave him 12 months to live as the available treatments in Norway were no longer stopping the spread of his malignant #MelanomaWith a lifetime of experience overcoming challenges in ominous situations, Erlend did what comes naturally—he kept going. His Norwegian medical team told him the FDA recently approved a new treatment in the United States, and it is his last hope for overcoming cancer. Erlend and a close team of family and former teammates are working to get him access to this lifesaving treatment in the U.S.Tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy is a new cellular immunotherapy offered only at a few U.S. hospitals, one being @danafarber in Boston. Like many new medical treatments, the groundbreaking treatment is cost-prohibitive. Out-of-pocket expenses are estimated to exceed $500,000 for the drug Lifileucel and his care at DFCI. For Erlend and his family, time is of the essence.As a father of a 1- and 3-year-old, Erlend is a family man and someone who enjoys life. When he learned he had 12 months to live, the #SpecialForces Operator from Norway’s MJK #Marinejegerkommandoen and the South Pole explorer aimed to turn a hopeless situation into something solvable. Together, we can help Erlend recover from cancer so he can continue living and caring for his family.In partnership with Tomahawk Strategic Solutions, 100% of these contributions will go to Erlend via the HunterSeven Foundation (501c3). And 100% of your donation is tax-deductible. Any proceeds that exceed Erlend’s medical expenses will stay with HunterSeven as the Foundation continues to advocate for veterans and the cancer epidemic impacting the community.🇺🇸🇳🇴 Erlend, we are always beside you! ▶️ www.HunterSeven.org/Erlend

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    Big shout out to Jennifer Brooks of Global SOF Foundation for sharing this unique capability for FREE, early cancer screening and detection available for military veterans currently enrolled in select VA Healthcare Centers under the REFLECTION Study in partnership with GRAIL.The REFLECTION Study is a multi-center, prospective, non-interventional, cohort study that will enroll approximately 17,000 individuals who have opted to be screened with Galleri, a blood-based, multi-cancer early detection (MCED) test in routine clinical settings.While we at HunterSeven Foundation cover as many cancer test as financially possible, the running rate for this test is $950. We suggest those veterans local to the VA Medical Centers below check it out and request FREE testing. ➡ Requirements:- VA Enrollment at one of the designated locations below.- At least 22 years or older.➡ Recruiting Locations & Points of Contact:- James A. Haley VAMC (Tampa, FL) - Adam Zoble, (813) 972-2000 ext. 6939- Miami VAHSC (Miami, FL) - Lisa Hue, (305) 575-7292- Southeast Louisana VAHSC (New Orleans, LA) - Kristen Lingle, (504) 507-2000 ext. 63454- Pittsburgh VAHSC (Pittsburgh, PA) - Karen Smith, (412) 360-2410- Wilkes-Barre VAMC (Wilkes-Barre, PA) - Jennifer D'Angelo, (570) 824-3521- Salt Lake City VAHSC (Salt Lake City, UT) - Ann Worthen, (801) 582-1565 ext. 4640➡ Future Recruiting Site: - Boston VA Research Center (Boston, MA) - Charlene Preys, (617) 777-9441To request a test and enroll at the Tampa VA specifically, you can click here: https://lnkd.in/g3au2j6a - For other locations, scheduling and more in depth information, check out the study site: https://lnkd.in/gzp65MZvTo learn about the Galleri test and the fifty types of cancers the blood test can potentially identify, check out this handout: https://lnkd.in/gVh5kZF8

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