U-M Cancer Center to offer free throat cancer screenings April 26

throat cancerThroat cancer can take away your voice, your jaw and your ability to swallow food, but it also can be treated if caught early enough.

What are the risk factors for throat cancer?

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Drinking alcohol

What are the symptoms of throat cancer?

  • Trouble swallowing food
  • Mouth and/or throat soreness
  • A persistent hoarseness
  • Neck lump(s) Continue reading

Deductions 101: Finding your allowable medical expense deductions at tax time

With the close of the 2013 tax year, we asked tax expert Jim Palazzolo of Ann Arbor to provide information on medical expense deductions to assist you during tax time. Here’s what he told us:

finances.fwAs is always the case with making choices in applying tax rules and regulations, specific facts and circumstances must be considered. This article is not intended to provide tax advice, planning or guidance. Competent professional advice should be obtained before completing your return.

What are deductible federal medical expenses?

Medical expenses incurred by an individual tax filer in the current tax year which are not reimbursed by any source are allowed as an itemized deduction on Schedule A for costs in connection with the:

”… diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. These expenses include payments for legal medical services rendered by physicians, surgeons, dentists, and other medical practitioners. They include the costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes. Continue reading

Calling all Bags of Cheer volunteers!

Making valentine cards for Cancer Center patients is fun and rewarding

valentine1Each year since 2009, Jackie Creager and a dozen or so South Campus colleagues get together over lunch to make Valentine’s Day cards for the Cancer Center’s Bags of Cheer program. Jackie, who is a U-M Information Technology Services business systems analyst, says it is a nice break from her all-day computer job to relax over lunch with her fellow volunteers while turning an array of scrapbook supplies into such a worthwhile project for hospital patients.

“I collect supplies all year from craft stores, and bring in cute pictures of my kids, grandkids, and my flowers. I even use pictures of my dogs,” she says. “Others bring supplies, too, and we all look over each other’s shoulders and enjoy seeing what kinds of designs are developing – that’s part of the fun.” Continue reading

U-M Cancer Center to offer free throat cancer screenings April 20

Throat cancer can take away your voice, your jaw and your ability to swallow food, but it also can be treated if caught early enough.

What are the risk factors for throat cancer?throatcancerscreening

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Drinking alcohol

What are the symptoms of throat cancer?

  • Trouble swallowing food
  • Mouth and/or throat soreness
  • A persistent hoarseness
  • Neck lump(s)

Should I be screened for throat cancer?

If you exhibit any of the above risk factors for or symptoms of throat cancer, you should be screened. Throat cancer screenings are critical to helping identify previously undetected cancers. Continue reading