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Meet the One Million Strong – Diana Welch from Maryland

Meet the One Million Strong – Diana Welch from Maryland

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET DIANA Diana Welch, Survivor Huntingtown, MD DIANA’S STORY After several months of severe upper abdominal pain and learning to be my own advocate, I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in March 2012.   This was followed by a diagnosis of Celiac Disease just two months prior.  After meeting with a nutritionist and changing to a gluten free diet, my symptoms persisted and worsened  and I continued to seek out a doctor that would be able to further  diagnose my symptoms.  A colonoscopy was the definitive test that

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Meet the One Million Strong – Gina Toye from Florida

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET GINA Gina Toye, Family Spring Hill, FL GINA’S STORY My daughter Amber was diagnosed last January at the age of 22 years-old with colorectal cancer. She was in her last semester at FSU and was experiencing bleeding and feeling tired. Thank God her now doctor fit her in for  a colonoscopy during her Christmas break. On January 3, they found 50 polyps and removed 12, some the size of golf balls with one coming back cancerous. On January 22, Amber underwent surgery to remove her entire colon – thankfully the

Pre-Surgical MSI Testing for Young Patients

Digestive Disease Week 2011 Update Finding colorectal cancer patients with Lynch syndrome helps both patients and their families to prevent cancer. Lynch patients are at high risk for a second or third colon cancer, so identifying them before their colorectal surgery may change the operation planned.  Surgeons may want to remove the entire colon to prevent another colon cancer, and women may choose to have a hysterectomy during the same surgery to prevent endometrial cancer. Because young patients are more likely to have Lynch syndrome, pathologists at the Mayo Clinic tested tumors from patients 50 years old or younger for microsatellite instability (MSI) after their surgery if they had not

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