There’s nothing more life changing than a cancer diagnosis. Whether it’s you or a close family member, no one’s life is the same. One of the first thoughts is “why”. Why me?
Up until that moment, you probably thought that things like this didn’t happen to you. 15 years ago, cancer didn’t seem as common. Today, I don’t know anyone whose life was not affected by cancer in anyway, be it through own diagnosis, or that of a family member or close friend.
Though there are plenty of theories, and new studies each day are suggesting that different foods and other ingestible products contain cancer causing agents, not many doctors will pin point the exact cause of a patient’s cancer. Looking back, we may think of things that we could have done, if anything at all, to prevent this disease.
What’s worse it to find out that your cancer could have been preventable, but was caused by no fault of your own. Adding salt to the wounds, it could have been caused by following your doctors orders and taking proper care of yourself.
On June 15, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert informing the public that using the diabetes medication Actos for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. On August 4, the FDA informed the public and medical professionals that a label change, informing patients of the risk, had occurred.
The FDA recommends that Doctors not prescribe Actos for patients with active bladder cancer, and to be weary when prescribing it to patients with a prior history of bladder cancer.