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Meryl Streep talks colon cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 3/31/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) supports the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) and is dedicated to the eradication of colorectal cancer. This initiative was co-founded by Katie Couric, Lilly Tartikoff, and the EIF in 2000, and serves to promote the importance of early medical screening, as well as ongoing cancer research. 

Listen to the newest Screen for Life public service announcement featuring award-winning actress, Meryl Streep. 

“There is so much in life we can’t control but here is something we can, colorectal cancer," said Meryl Streep. "It effects men and women and is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S.. Most of these cancers start as polyps and screening finds polyps. Take control. Do everything you can to prevent colon cancer."

Prevent colon cancer
The easiest and most effective way to prevent colon cancer is to be screened. To schedule a colonoscopy, call 800.777.7775.

Does having inflammatory bowel disease increase my colon cancer risk?

Written by Community Health Network on 3/25/2014 7:00:00 AM

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease may have an increased risk for developing colorectal cancer. Patients with ulcerative colitis have an increased risk, and longer duration of having the disease increases the risk even further. For individuals with Crohn’s disease there is data supporting the association with colorectal cancer, but less so than with ulcerative colitis.

For anyone with an underlying gastrointestinal disorder/condition, colonoscopy screening is recommended at age 45 and close follow-up is needed.

Schedule a colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is the most thorough screening for colon cancer. To schedule your screening call 800-777-7775.

Colon cancer prevention 101

Written by Community Health Network on 3/24/2014 1:00:00 PM

Roughly 150,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. But preventing the cancer is easy.

Community Physician Network gastroenterologist, Dr. Ninad Shah, shares easy ways you can help decrease your colon cancer risk.

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Cancer answers: How is colon cancer treated?

Written by Community Health Network on 3/19/2014 9:00:00 AM

Anuj Agarwala, M.D., cancer doctorBy Anuj Agarwala, M.D., board certified in hematology, internal medicine and medical oncology. Dr. Agarwala is an MD Anderson Cancer Network™ certified physician.

Not all cancers are the same. Each cancer has its own unique properties and patterns requiring different strategies to treat them. Therefore, our approach to treating colorectal cancer is different from treating other cancers.

When it comes to colorectal cancer specifically, our goal - where possible - is to cure the individual. This becomes easier to do when the cancer is caught early. When patients undergo screening colonoscopies and cancerous polyps are found we can remove them. When tumors are discovered in early stages we can often perform surgery to remove the cancer.

After a surgery there are times when further treatment, like chemotherapy, may be recommended. Chemotherapy is a group of medications that vary based on the type of cancer, and may be given by mouth or intravenously, to kill cancer cells. There are several reasons that may lead to this treatment, but the most common is when cancer has spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body.

Colon cancer treatment

Cancer treatment is patient-specific at Community. To learn more about how we treat colon cancer patients at Community Cancer Care, ask Dr. Agarwala.

Colon cancer rates drop due to screenings

Written by Community Health Network on 3/17/2014 12:20:00 PM

According to a report published in Cancer, colon cancer rates have fallen by 30 percent over the past decade in people over age 50.

"This is one of the great public health success stories of the decade," says Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer at the American Cancer Society, whose researchers wrote the report, published on Monday. 

The reason for the drop in cancer rate? Preventive screenings

Screening rates have climbed in recent years. The number of Americans ages 50 to 64 who have had a colonoscopy has nearly tripled, growing from 19 percent in 2000 to 55 percent in 2010.

Use of colonoscopy also rose among those age 65 and over, growing from 55 percent in 2000 to 64 percent in 2010, according to the new report. 

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The American Cancer society estimates that 136,830 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease this year and that 50,310 will die from it.

"Screening colonoscopies provide a very important way to decrease these statistics," said Dr. Ninad Shah, gastroenterologist with Community Physician Network. "We know that colon cancer develops from colon polyps. During a colonoscopy we look at the walls of the colon for polyps. By removing any colon polyps we remove the tissue that can develop into colon cancer."

Schedule a colonoscopy
A colonoscopy is the most thorough test for colorectal cancer. If you are over the age of 50, schedule a colonoscopy by calling 800-777-7775.

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