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Colon Cancer Awareness Month: How It Got Started

Posted on November 21, 2013

It was early 1999 when colon cancer started making waves across the country. Jay Monahan, NBC News legal analyst and husband of the beloved Katie Couric, had recently lost his battle with the disease and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable was just getting off the ground. Colon cancer, the “silent killer” that was seldom talked about during these years, was finally finding a place on the map. Read more

Colon Cancer Alliance: Why We Do What We Do

Posted on November 20, 2013

Every month at the Colon Cancer Alliance, we have a staff-wide meeting to make sure everyone’s up to speed with what’s going on across departments. At these meetings, one staff member is asked to share a “why we do what we do” story.

It can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of our day-to-day jobs, and these stories remind us why we’re sitting where we are. When we’re bogged down with tasks and deadlines, it’s encouraging to pause for a moment and reflect on the mission we’re serving: knocking colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. Read more

CDC Vital Signs Report: Colon Cancer Alliance Reponds

Posted on November 12, 2013

The recent report that colon cancer screening rates may be leveling off is making its way across the Internet.  We sat down with Stephanie Guiffre, Strategic Alliance and Initiatives Director for the Colon Cancer Alliance and one of the founders of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, to get her take on the issue.  Read more

Welcome Dr. Johanna Bendell!

Posted on November 10, 2013

Welcome to the newest member of the Colon Cancer Alliance Board of Directors, Dr. Johanna Bendell! Dr. Bendell is currently the Director of GI Cancer Research and Associate Director of Drug Development at Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville, TN. She is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology and received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Chicago. Read more

Biomarkers: How Can They Help?

Posted on November 8, 2013

Congrats to our 2013 Blue Hope Research Award winner, Dr. Marios Giannakis! This one-year fellowship provides critical resources and funding to some of the brightest investigators focusing on colon cancer research. This year, we’re honing in on biomarkers and how these genetic indicators can aid in the prevention and treatment of colon cancer. A little fuzzy on your biomarker knowledge? We sat down with Michelle Hastings, stage IV warrior, to learn more and find out how biomarkers have affected her personal cancer journey. Read more