Posted on October 8, 2014
When we hear the word ‘bacteria’ we don’t think of the word ‘healthy’. Most often the word ‘bacteria’ usually conjures up images of dirt, spoilage or sickness. Many times bacteria can be linked to those descriptions, but there are other kinds of good bacteria that live in our intestinal tract, which benefit our health in many ways. The term probiotic is used to describe these healthy bacteria. Read more
Posted on September 15, 2014
It’s a fact: 72% of women report being up-to-date on their breast health screenings while only a little more than half could say the same about colon cancer. Colon cancer screening tests save lives – just like breast exams and mammograms.
We’re getting a little cheeky with our Screen This Too! campaign this October, and we need you to be part of the movement and help spread the word! Read more
Posted on September 5, 2014
The choice to choose red meat over white meat and even choosing vegetables and soy in place of meat all together has become a growing trend in the United States. Many people have heard the link between red meat and colorectal cancer causing them to morph into vegetarians. In fact, approximately 5 percent or 16 million people are vegetarian now and 33 percent are eating vegan or vegetarian meals more often, even though they do not practice a strict vegetarian diet. These numbers present an interesting question, is there really a scientific link between red meat and colorectal cancer? Read more
Posted on August 8, 2014
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
Posted on July 21, 2014
Study: Racial Disparity in Colon Cancer
Dr. John M. Carethers, a researcher at the University of Michigan Medical School, has conducted a study that may lead to concrete conclusions as to why African Americans have lower colon cancer survival rates. The study included African American and Caucasian colon cancer patients with a goal of determining if the groups had a genetic marker called microsatellite instability (MSI). Patients with MSI tumors have higher survival rates, and it was found that 14% of Caucasians and 7% of African-Americans had MSI colon cancer. Read more