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Cancer Moonshot Initiative Fosters Breakthrough Collaboration

Posted on June 29, 2016

Release of More Current Clinical Trials Data Gives Patients Access to Better Information Faster

Today, we announced our breakthrough collaboration with online patient community Smart Patients on a free Clinical Trials Database and online community for patients with colorectal cancer. These tools use data from—made available today by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as part of the Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by Vice President Biden in Washington, DC. Smart Patients was selected by the NCI and the VP’s office to receive early access to this new data in order to provide feedback and incorporate the data into the Smart Patients online patient community.

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Young and Brave: What Is FIT?

Posted on June 28, 2016

In a previous blog, we shared a recent study that showed the positive benefits of using FIT for people in their 40’s. Due to the steadily rising rate for colorectal cancer in those under 50, the authors felt recommending FIT screening to people between 40-49 years old could help identify higher risk individuals earlier for a follow-up colonoscopy. In turn, this could reduce cancer mortality in the younger population.

You may be wondering what exactly a FIT is or maybe you’ve heard of it and want to know more. So, we’ve put together a FIT Q&A to give you the information you need to know about this screening method and help you decided whether it may be a good option for you.

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You Tell Us: Diagnosed Under 50

Posted on June 27, 2016

colon cancer survey

Earlier this month, we put out a call to everyone diagnosed under 50 and got an overwhelming response. In fact, we received almost 400 responses to our Young and Brave survey the first day it was released and received almost 1,000 responses total!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our survey. Your input will give us a better understanding of your experiences and concerns, and we’ll also be able to raise greater awareness for young-onset colorectal cancer.

Check out some of the interesting takeaways from our Young and Brave survey:

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How to Improve Your Chances

Posted on June 23, 2016

One of my daughter’s favorite movies is 21. It’s about some MIT students who use their math skills to improve their chances at blackjack in Las Vegas. Just like the MIT students, callers to the Colon Cancer Alliance’s toll-free helpline (877 422 2030) often want to know how to improve their chances. Having just reached the 12th anniversary of my stage III diagnosis, I started wondering, “Is there anything people can do to tilt the odds of surviving cancer in their favor?” 

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Meeting the Moonshot Mission

Posted on June 21, 2016

In the State of the Union address, President Obama announced the most important research initiative to find a cure for cancer since the 1971 War on Cancer. Themed the “Moonshot,” this initiative seeks to break down barriers limiting scientific discovery and invest one billion dollars to help make new therapies available to patients while improving our ability to prevent cancer. The Colon Cancer Alliance vigorously supports the Moonshot; however, we believe there is an additional element that should be included in the strategy to ensure mission success.

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