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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. continue reading ...


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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Dr. Joseph Henderson shares colorectal cancer risk factors

Written by Community Health Network on 3/6/2014 7:00:00 AM

Researchers have found several risk factors that may increase a person's chance of developing colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.

Age
Younger adults can develop colorectal cancer, but the chances increase greatly after age 50. About 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are at least 50 years old.

Family history
As many as 1 in 5 people who develop colon cancer have other family members who have had it. People with a history of colorectal cancer in first-degree relatives (parents, siblings, or children) are at increased risk. It is even higher if that relative was diagnosed with cancer when they were younger than 45, or if more than one first-degree relative is affected. continue reading ...


What is a colon polyp?

Written by Community Health Network on 3/5/2014 6:00:00 AM

A colon polyp is a small clump of cells that forms on the lining of the colon. Although most colon polyps are harmless, some become cancerous over time.

Anyone can develop colon polyps. But you're at higher risk if you're 50 or older, are overweight or a smoker, eat a high-fat, low-fiber diet, or have a personal or family history of colon polyps or colon cancer.

Usually colon polyps don't cause symptoms. That's why it is recommend that people receive regular colon screenings. Colon polyps that are found in the early stages can usually be removed safely and completely.

Tags: colorectal cancer , polyps | Posted in: Colon Cancer

Colonoscopy: What the doc is looking for

Written by Community Health Network on 3/4/2014 2:15:00 PM

Symptoms of colon cancer are not very obvious in early stages. That is why all men and women are encouraged to have a colonoscopy by age 50.

A colonoscopy is a screening of the colon (large intestine) that helps determine whether or not you might be at risk for developing colon cancer. During the procedure the doctor looks at the entire colon and rectum for abnormalities with a colonoscope, a lighted tube with a video camera on one end.

Here are three main things the doctor is looking for: continue reading ...


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