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How to Improve Your Chances

Posted on June 23, 2016

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One of my daughter’s favorite movies is 21. It’s about some MIT students who use their math skills to improve their chances at blackjack in Las Vegas. Just like the MIT students, callers to the Colon Cancer Alliance’s toll-free helpline (877 422 2030) often want to know how to improve their chances. Having just reached the 12th anniversary of my stage III diagnosis, I started wondering, “Is there anything people can do to tilt the odds of surviving cancer in their favor?” 

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Meeting the Moonshot Mission

Posted on June 21, 2016


In the State of the Union address, President Obama announced the most important research initiative to find a cure for cancer since the 1971 War on Cancer. Themed the “Moonshot,” this initiative seeks to break down barriers limiting scientific discovery and invest one billion dollars to help make new therapies available to patients while improving our ability to prevent cancer. The Colon Cancer Alliance vigorously supports the Moonshot; however, we believe there is an additional element that should be included in the strategy to ensure mission success.

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BREAKING: USPSTF Responds to Concerns, Releases Final Screening Report

Posted on June 16, 2016


The Colon Cancer Alliance applauds the final report from the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on screening for colorectal cancer.

First and foremost, the USPSTF has maintained its “A” grade to screening for colorectal cancer; recognizing the high level of certainty that screening reduces colorectal cancer mortality and recommending that adults between the ages of 50 and 75 get timely screening.

Secondly, the final report resolves the concerns we expressed regarding several items in the initial draft report, including labeling some screening methods as “recommended” and others as “alternative.”

We specifically named these tests in our concerns as a major barrier to screening for Americans, and we applaud the USPSTF for widening its inclusion for these newer and proven tests.

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Top 5: Need To Know About Medical Marijuana and CRC

Posted on June 16, 2016


Our Conversations Webinar Series is an opportunity to link national experts in colorectal cancer and other related fields to you, right in the comfort of your own home. The programs are designed to empower you to play a leading role in your healthcare management.

Last month, we hosted a webinar on medical marijuana and colorectal cancer, which was part of our Into the Weeds series where we separated the myths from the facts regarding this hot topic.

Couldn’t make the webinar? Read the Top 5 Takeaways and watch the replay for the information you need to know.

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Gina’s Journey

Posted on June 14, 2016

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I’d just had a baby boy via C-section. I recovered quickly from that surgery and adjusted well to having my baby Charlie home. When Charlie was about two months old, I started getting stomach cramps, but they were only when I first woke up.

It started as a few minutes of cramping then progressed. It got to the point that I had to stop nursing and wake my husband up just so I could go sit on the toilet. I would sit on the toilet for 20-30 minutes each morning, but the rest of the day I’d be fine.

But I wasn’t concerned about the cramping. I already had a lot on my plate.

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