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Colon Health Alert: FDA Approves New Screening Test Epi proColon

Posted on April 19, 2016

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On April 13, 2016, Epigenomics announced that the FDA approved Epi proColon, the first and only blood-based colorectal cancer screening test. This test has the potential to increase participation rates in colorectal cancer screening by providing another option to get checked.

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Hero of the Month: Bravelets™

Posted on April 11, 2016

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Stephanie Hansen started Bravelets™, a jewelry company with giving at its core, when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. What started out as something Stephanie’s family could wear as a symbol of hope in support of her mother has gone on to impact so many people. That’s because Bravelets™ donates $10 of every item to charity. In fact, they’ve donated more than $22,000 to the Colon Cancer Alliance! We thank Bravelets™ for helping us advance our mission and reminding so many to be brave in tough times.

We had a chance to speak with Bravelets™ Operations Manager Ben Aldridge to learn more about why giving is so important to the company.

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“When Will I Lose My Hair?”

Posted on April 7, 2016

Crawford with his two daughters, Mollie and Caroline.

I must have heard that question a hundred times after I was diagnosed with rectal cancer. Some people were prepared to shave their heads with me. Others were just curious. My eight and six year old daughters thought it would be fun. (Maybe a craft project—make Dad a wig?)

With everything else going on with my diagnosis, losing my hair wasn’t one of my biggest concerns. But I’ve always had Napoleon Dynamite-esque hair, so bald didn’t seem that bad.

However, I know for many of you out there, losing your hair is a big deal.

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Study Shows the Benefit of FIT for People in Their 40s

Posted on April 6, 2016

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As the number of colorectal cancer diagnoses in people under 50 continues to increase, our community is vigilantly looking at ways to combat this alarming trend. A new study, which looked at the accuracy and efficacy of the fecal occult blood tests (FIT), may be the key to getting this population screened.

Unlike a traditional colonoscopy, which can be expensive, requires dietary restrictions and must be done by a healthcare professional, a FIT can be done right in your own home. Even better, it requires no prep and is fairly inexpensive.

This recent study, “Extending Colorectal Cancer Screening to Persons Aged 40 to 49 Years With Immunochemical Fecal Occult Blood Test: A Prospective Cohort Study of 513,283 Individuals,” followed more than 513,000 individuals who had FIT for 14 years; they found one in seven cases of colorectal cancer in people over 40 occurred in the 40 to 49 age group.

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You Tell Us: What You Want the World to Know About Colon Cancer

Posted on March 28, 2016

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It may be the last week of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, but this hasn’t stopped our community from spreading the message about screening, honoring loved ones and more. From the selfies in our photo contest, to the fundraising events across the country—it’s been amazing to see the blue love this month!

Although March 31 is right around the corner, we know awareness doesn’t stop there, so we asked our Facebook family what they want the world to know about colon cancer. Take a look at some of the comments from the overwhelming response!

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