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Are You at High Risk for Colon Cancer?

Posted on March 16, 2015

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Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US. And although there is no single cause, one in 20 people will be diagnosed with this disease. Did you know that certain factors can push this risk even higher – up to 100%? Having these risk factors on your radar from a young age will allow you to be your own advocate and be proactive about your health and screenings. Find out what Dr. William E. Karnes of the University of California Irvine has to say. Read more

In Next 15 Years, Incidence in 20-34 Year Olds to Increase 90%

Posted on January 12, 2015

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Last month, the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA Surgery) published a new article on the incidences of colon and rectal cancer, focusing on age groups and predictions for the future. We sat down with Patient Advocate Medical Consultant Dr. Laura Porter to get her take on the new study. Read more

7 Tips for Managing a Cancer Diagnosis

Posted on December 29, 2014

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As a stage IV colon cancer survivor, Randy Cox has been a volunteer and Buddy with the Colon Cancer Alliance since April 2012. We’re inspired by Randy because even while struggling with ongoing treatment, he continues to reach out to the community with his story in an effort to save lives and improve treatment for colon cancer patients. His willingness to help with any volunteer opportunity has been touching to the Colon Cancer Alliance, and his strength has been a pillar of hope for newly diagnosed patients all over the country. From one patient to another, Randy put together this list of 7 ways to maintain your sanity in the face of a cancer diagnosis. Read more

Managing Nutrition-Related Side Effects During the Holidays

Posted on December 3, 2014

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December is typically filled with holiday festivities and family events. And while these activities can be fun and exciting, they also tend to revolve around food – and lots of it. For someone dealing with colon cancer, all of this holiday food can be daunting. Many times, cancer treatment can affect appetite and lead to other side effects that may affect your ability to eat. If you’re dealing with negative side effects during the holidays, check out these tips for managing them. Read more

Tips for Safe, Healthy Holiday Cooking

Posted on November 12, 2014

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During the holidays, food often takes center stage. Large meals and gatherings, however, can present challenges to colon cancer patients undergoing treatment. First of all, safe food handling is important during this time of year, simply because we’re often eating food prepared by friends are family members and also consuming more leftovers from holiday gatherings. Because cancer patients can be at an increased risk for a suppressed immune system, it is even more important to be aware that your holiday food is handled safely. Read more

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