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
Posted on July 3, 2014
Summer is a great time to attend cookouts, parties and festivities. But it’s no secret, when we get together with friends and family, we tend to eat more! In many cultures, socialization is centered on food and I have learned that the more appealing food looks – healthy or not – people want to eat it! We know that a diet high in fiber and low in red and processed meat, alcohol and excess calories can help decrease colon cancer risk. So, I have found some fun, colorful recipe ideas that are perfect for your 4th of July festivities and that are full of fiber, phytochemicals, and antioxidants and lower in calories. Read more
Posted on June 6, 2014
For many people dealing with a cancer diagnosis, it’s not only the management of your health but also coping with the roller coaster of emotions that can be difficult. Here’s a healthy idea: keep a journal.
Besides helping you navigate that roller coaster ride, research shows that privately expressing your deepest thoughts and feelings can:
- Reduce stress
- Boost your thinking ability
- Increase memory
- Reduce pain, tension and fatigue
- Improve mood and quality of sleep
- Strengthen immune cells (T-lymphocytes) Read more
Posted on April 6, 2014
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health is seeking participants for their Healthy Weight Loss for Cancer Survivors Study, an exercise and diet weight loss program for female colon cancer survivors.
- Are you a female stage I-III colon or rectal cancer survivor?
- Are you overweight and want to lose weight?
- Do you exercise less than two and a half hours per week? Read more
Posted on April 5, 2014
While we often say that the colonoscopy is the “gold standard” when it comes to colon cancer screening, no test is perfect. But colonoscopy still offers the most effective screening option.
A recent study by the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah found that about 6% of colon cancers are diagnosed within three to five years after a patient receives a clean colonoscopy. Read more