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Colon Health Alert: FDA Approves New CRC Screening Test

Posted on August 15, 2014

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This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cologuard, the first stool-based colon screening test that detects the presence of blood and altered DNA that may indicate certain kinds of abnormal growths related to colon cancer or precursors to cancer. In a study of 10,000 people of average risk for colon cancer, Cologuard reportedly was able to accurately detect cancer 92% of the time when it was present in an individual’s body. Read more

Melody Ruggles: Nurse, Patient, Advocate, Internet Sensation

Posted on August 12, 2014

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In 2011, Melody, a nurse from Michigan, received shocking news: a colon cancer diagnosis. At only 39, she was years away from recommended screening and another jarring case of someone diagnosed younger than 50. With immediate surgery followed by chemotherapy, she was prepared to fight the long battle ahead.

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Powered By Hope: The Teri Griege Story

Posted on August 11, 2014

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Teri Griege is a competitive triathlete, marathoner and Ironman champion. But she is no ordinary superwoman. In 2009, following the Louisville Ironman, she began experiencing injuries and fatigue. Months later, she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and given a six percent chance of survival. Despite the devastating prognosis, Teri refused to let the disease get in the way of her dream: competing in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. In 2011, while still undergoing chemotherapy, Teri crossed the finish line in Kona at age 50. And now, you can read more about Teri’s life in the new book Powered By Hope: The Teri Griege Story, her inspirational story of alcoholism, cancer and beating the odds. Check out this sneak peek, and support our lifesaving mission by getting your copy through AmazonSmile. Read more

Hero of the Month: Paul Weigel

Posted on August 9, 2014

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At 43 years old, Paul Weigel was a father, husband, marathoner and triathlete. The closest he’d come to being a patient was while having a hip replaced. After having GI issues dismissed by his doctor for several years, he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. But despite many rounds of chemo and radiation and debilitating side effects, Paul was determined to beat his cancer. And on July 27th, six months after his last round of chemo, he achieved one of the proudest accomplishments of his life. Read more

4 (Colon) Healthy Grilling Tips + Recipes

Posted on August 8, 2014

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Ahhhh…summer! The sounds of food sizzling on the hot grill and the smell of barbecue fill the air. This time of the year is well known for outdoor events accompanied by a self-made grill master standing behind a fiery barbecue.

Grilling has received a bad reputation because of the possible link to an increased risk of colon cancer. But the joys and pleasure of consuming grilled food do not need to cause undue anxiety. The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) says it is most important to choose the right food to grill and it’s not necessary to avoid grilling altogether. Check out these helpful tips! Read more

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