Posted on February 5, 2015
We know that, unlike for those over age 50, colon cancer is on the rise in those younger than 50. Too often we hear stories from folks in this group who are facing additional screening and diagnosis hurdles due to their age. The signs and symptoms of colon can often be mistaken for other, less serious issues, and time and time again folks under age 50 are being faced with misdiagnoses and untimely diagnoses because their symptoms are not being taken seriously due to age. Read more
Posted on January 27, 2015
I had bleeding on an off since 1998. I was only 21 and my doctors didn’t think there was anything to be concerned about after I had a clean endoscopy. I told every doctor I went to about my bleeding. For years I was dubbed “too young” and they assumed it was “just hemorrhoids” and nothing serious, especially not cancer. Read more
Posted on January 12, 2015
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
Posted on December 30, 2014
My name is Vanessa Ghigliotty and I am a stage IV survivor.
They told me, “Get your affairs in order as soon as possible.” That was my introduction to cancer 12 years ago.
I was diagnosed in April after months and months of symptoms and misdiagnoses. “You’re just stressed,” doctors had told me.”You’re a single mother, attending college and working part-time. What do you expect?” And while I knew something wasn’t right, I never expected to hear the word cancer. Read more
Posted on November 5, 2014
For National Health Education Week on October 20-24, 2014, we asked you: what is the #1 thing you want the world to know about colon cancer? You shared some truly inspirational stories and information – thank you! Check out some of the top responses and continue the conversation. Read more