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Hero of the Month: Geekade

Posted on August 3, 2016

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We all love a good game and knocking out colon cancer, so why not put the two together? That’s exactly what the good people at Geekade are doing as they set out to help further our mission by hosting their 24-hour PITAthon! We got a chance to speak with Kris Randazzo, the Editor-in-Chief of the website to learn more about this unique twist on fundraising.

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How Do You Talk To Your Doctor About Medical Marijuana?

Posted on July 28, 2016

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You might find that you want to approach your doctor about medical marijuana, but you don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming (not to mention slightly taboo depending on where you live), and you want to have a good foundation before going into your appointment. So, read on to learn how to take on this seemingly daunting, yet surprisingly simple, task of talking to your doctor.

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Young and Brave: The Lowdown on Left and Right-Sided CRC

Posted on July 27, 2016

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For the third blog in our Young and Brave series, we wanted to explore the difference between left versus right-sided colon cancer. A review of colon cancer research published in the European Journal of Surgical Oncology found the location of cancer in the colon is an important factor in diagnosing and managing colon cancer. 

Before we dive in, let’s distinguish the two. Right-sided colon cancer (RCC) consists of cancers of the cecum, ascending and transverse colon up to the splenic flexure. Left sided colorectal cancer (LCRC) consists of cancers of the descending and sigmoid colon, along with the rectum. With 20 percent of rectal cases, a LCRC, occurring in people under 50, it’s important to take a closer look at this topic to give you the information you need to know. 

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How to Handle Insurance Disputes

Posted on July 20, 2016

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When I was diagnosed with rectal cancer many years ago, I quickly learned about the value of health insurance. The reality is, who can pay for the colonoscopy, CT scans and everything else entirely out of pocket? However, along with learning the positive aspects of health insurance, I also learned the problem areas.

By working on the Colon Cancer Alliance’s free helpline, (877) 422-2030, I have found other people are having problems too.  What do you do when your insurance denies a claim? How about if a doctor who scrubbed in for your surgery is out of network? What about copays and deductibles? What if you can’t afford your medicines?  

I’ll tell you the answers.

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Spring and Summer Fundraising Roundup

Posted on July 15, 2016

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We are excited to highlight some of our amazing fundraisers that helped further our mission to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. Thank you to everyone who organized and participated in these amazing fundraisers—we’re so grateful for your dedication!

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