Tag Archives: colorectal cancer prevention

Statement from Carlea Bauman, President of Fight Colorectal Cancer, Regarding the President’s 2014 Budget

I am deeply disappointed that President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget would strip nearly $4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Colorectal Cancer Control Program. The CDC estimates that the loss of funding will mean at least five fewer programs (out of the current 29) working to prevent colorectal cancer. The president’s budget assumes that less federal funding is needed for direct screenings, such as colorectal, breast, and cervical screenings, because most health plans are required to cover these screenings without co-pays or deductibles, and because, starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act ensures that no one can be denied health insurance because of a

Colon Cancer Prevention Trial Seeking New Patients

Can drugs used to help lower cholesterol also keep colon cancer from returning?  Researchers at the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) are seeking patients for a one-year clinical trial to determine if cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) might help prevent the growth of precancerous (adenomatous) polyps and/or recurrent colorectal cancer. The NSABP trial is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and has recently expanded to include patients with stage 0, I, II or III colon cancer at diagnosis. Patients can enter the study up to one year after their initial diagnosis. In 2011, Fight Colorectal Cancer’s late Director of Research Communications Kate Murphy wrote about the trial and its efforts

Patients Say Acupuncture Helps Nausea . . . But Does it Really?

Colorectal Cancer News in a Nutshell Summer’s over. The black squirrels in the front yard are scurrying around hunting acorns and my inbox is full of neat nuggets of colorectal cancer news — and I don’t want to leave them buried all winter. So here they are in brief.  You can check the links for more details. Mixed Results Using Acupuncture for Radiation Nausea The good news is that almost all patients felt they had less nausea after either real or sham acupuncture to manage nausea and vomiting during radiation therapy.  Nine out of ten wanted more treatments.

Screening Tumors for Lynch Syndrome is Cost-Effective

Screening all new colon and rectal cancer tumors for markers that might indicate Lynch syndrome not only saves future lives, it is cost effective according to a new study. In order for tumor screening to be cost-effective, not only should new tumors be tested, but family members need to follow through with genetic testing after a new Lynch mutation is found.  Finally people with Lynch syndrome mutations need to follow surveillance guidelines to prevent cancer or find it early, Testing both tumors and at least three to four family members could cost as little of $36,000 per life year saved — well within the value of preventive health strategies.

Updated WCRF Report Confirms, Strengthens Evidence for Risk of CRC from Red and Processed Meat

No more than 18 ounces of red meat a week and no processed meat at all! That’s the recommendation of the World Cancer  Research Fund’s Continuous Update Project  for 2011. Based on new evidence, the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research’s Continuous Update Project  (CUP) report also upgraded evidence for dietary fiber decreasing colorectal cancer risk from probable to convincing. The CUP  found convincing evidence that physical activity reduces risk of getting colorectal cancer.  Research is also convincing that alcoholic drinks for men, fat carried around the waist,  and overall fatness increase risk. Probably garlic, milk, and calcium supplements protect against colorectal cancer, while alcoholic drinks for women

Advocates from Across the Country are Butting-In to Congress. Have You Made the Call?

While the recently enacted health care reform law will lower the cost of preventive services like colonoscopies for some Americans, it won’t help increase awareness about the importance of early detection and screening. To really see an increase in screening rates and save lives we need a national colorectal cancer screening and treatment program enacted. Today, is your chance to help make that vision a reality! Call 1-866-615-3375 and ask your Representative and Senators to “cosponsor the Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Act introduced by Representatives Kay Granger and Jim McGovern and by Senators Joseph Lieberman and Kay Bailey Hutchison” Thanks to advocates like you, we have already

Great American Smokeout Today!

Just for today, don’t smoke! Nearly 47 million Americans risk their lives — and increase their risk for colorectal cancer — by smoking. But the good news is that 30 years ago, 1 in 3 people in the US smoked.  Today that has dropped to 1 in 5. Today, November 18, is a chance to try life without tobacco.  The American Cancer Society hopes that people who stop smoking today will stay smoke-free. Need help? The National Cancer Institute has tools to help you if you are still struggling with smoking.

Colorectal Cancer and Meat — What's the Connection?

Are those steaks and hot dogs bad for you? Several studies have found a connection between eating red and processed meat and colorectal cancer.  But the reason for that connection hasn’t been clear. To answer the question, researchers collected detailed information about the type of meat eaten by a large group of over 300,000 men and women and how the meat was  cooked.