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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Family history of other colon problems can also increase risk. These problems include pre-cancerous polyps and hereditary syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC), also known as Lynch syndrome.

Personal health history
Having conditions, such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or type 2 diabetes, can also increase your risk of colon cancer. If you have any of these problems, talk to your doctor about when to begin screening.

A personal history of adenomatous polyps (adenomas) also means you are at increased risk of developing colorectal cancer. This is especially true if the polyps are large or if there are many of them.

Getting a colonoscopy screening is the best way to determine whether or not your polyps are cancerous.

Racial and ethnic background
African Americans have the highest colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates of all racial groups in the United States. The reasons for this are not yet understood.

Lifestyle-related factors
Many lifestyle factors have been linked to the development of colorectal cancer. The links between diet, weight, exercise and colorectal cancer risk are some of the strongest for any type of cancer. By making small lifestyle changes, your risk for colon cancer could be drastically reduced.

Tackling risk

Are you at risk for colon cancer? Ask our doctors right now, or call us at 800-777-7775 to schedule a preventive screening.

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

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