1 in 21. Those are the current odds for men of developing colorectal cancer in their lifetime. The odds only slightly improve for women, with the current risk rate at 1 in 23. For people suffering from ulcerative colitis, the risk of developing colon cancer becomes even higher. Fighting this deadly cancer, which is expected … Continue reading Unlocking the potential of biomarkers for colorectal cancer
Born in 1981, I consider myself part of both Generation X as well as the millennial demographic. As one of the youngest Gen X-ers and oldest millennials, I try and keep a pulse on the labels and trends associated with both groups — the good, the bad and the ugly. Recently, I was taken aback … Continue reading Millennials, we need to talk about our colons
Ladies: Don’t most of us talk to our hairdressers about all kinds of things? Kids, pets, vacation plans, clothes and the list goes on. Something that doesn’t come up too often in conversation? Colorectal cancer. Yet, this is the topic 57-year-old hairdresser Cathey Minter finds herself discussing quite regularly with her clients. Last year, Cathey’s primary care physician found a … Continue reading Hairdresser survives colon cancer, shares powerful message with clients
New recommendations suggest that an aspirin a day could prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent advisory panel composed of medical experts. The USPSTF recommends that patients take daily low-dose aspirin if they are between 50–69 years old, have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and … Continue reading Could an aspirin a day keep cancer (and heart disease) away?
The good news: The rate of colorectal cancer has been falling steadily. The bad news: The colorectal cancer rate for young adults has been rising for the past 20 years. Researchers who analyzed U.S. National Cancer Institute data found that the U.S. colon cancer rate fell 1 percent annually from 1975 to 2010. However, rates … Continue reading Colon cancer in young adults on the rise
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends annual colon cancer screening for everyone beginning at age 50 until they turn 75. If you’re healthy and in that age range, you might want to learn more about this research project from the Baylor Research Institute. The project is evaluating whether a certain blood test can detect … Continue reading Need a Colonoscopy? Consider this Clinical Trial
Today marks the end of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, so it’s a good time to review screening recommendations and take action if you need to. What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon (large intestine) or rectum. In the early stages, there may not be signs or symptoms. This … Continue reading Screening Recommendations for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month