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Meet the One Million Strong – Edith B. from Connecticut

Meet the One Million Strong – Edith B. from Connecticut

MEET EDITH Edith Bruce, Survivor From Meriden, CT EDITH’S STORY I am a 38-year-old hispanic female with a family history of colon cancer.  In May 2013, I was diagnosed with colon cancer.  In the weeks that followed I went through extensive tests and finally had surgery to remove it.  It was stage I cancer. I am very fortunate to be alive and cancer free.  My surgeon told me that I wouldn’t have made it past 40 years old.  My husband was amazing through this all. My boys ages 4 & 10 are my everything–can’t imagine them without their  mommy. EDITH’S ADVICE Take one day at a time.  Think positive every

Bone-Density Drug Could Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk

Israeli and American researchers reported this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on a new study suggesting that postmenopausal women taking alendronate (Fosamax) were less likely to develop colorectal cancer. The results are “intriguing,” said Eric Jacobs, the American Cancer Society’s Strategic Director of Pharmacoepidemiology in Reuters Health. However, Jacobs cautioned, a recent large United Kingdom study showed no link between bisphosphonates and colon cancer, but a higher risk of esophageal (throat) cancer. Bone-density drugs are taken by millions of people for osteoporosis and there have been rare but severe side effects including jaw-bone deterioration. Effects of long-term use are not yet known.

Prostate Cancer Treatment Increases Risk of Colorectal Cancer

A commonly used treatment for prostate cancer may increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Older men with prostate cancer who received treatment that reduced androgen had a 30 to 40 percent higher risk of getting colorectal cancer than men who didn’t have the therapy. The longer they received the treatment, the greater their risk. Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is approved for treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer, but its use is controversial in older men with earlier, low-risk cancer although it is widely used in those men. The link of ADT to colorectal cancer may help lower-risk men make a decision about therapy for their prostate cancer.

Even Heavy Coffee Drinking Does Not Affect Colorectal Cancer Risk

The Finns are among the heaviest coffee drinkers in the world, with each person in Finland consuming more than twice as much coffee every year as the average European and nearly three times as much as Americans. Yet, when more than 60,000 Finns were followed for more than 18 years, there was no difference in colon or rectal cancer between those who drank more than 10 cups a day and those who didn’t drink coffee at all.

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.

Have a Cancer-Safe Summer

A number of studies have found that red meat and processed meats — the hamburgers, steaks, and hotdogs of summer backyard barbeques — increase risk for colon and rectal cancer.  Grilling those meats at high temperatures makes the risk even higher. Eating more fruits and vegetables can reduce the chances of getting cancer, and grilling them is safe. Grilling is an interesting new way to get the additional fruits and vegetables into your diet.  Brush them lightly with olive or canola oil to prevent sticking.

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: April 24

C3 Advocate Verna Cox was featured in the Philadelphia Daily News yesterday, and there’s a link to her story as well as links to the winning entries in the Get Screened Video Contest. This week, we also report research showing that the elderly benefit from irinotecan chemotherapy treatments, a potential vaccine for travelers diarrhea, and no link between coffee drinking and colorectal cancer.

What's the Risk of Cancer after Polyps are Removed?

Five years after a colonoscopy found and removed polyps, one in ten patients will have a new advanced polyp and six in every thousand will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Pooling studies that followed up nearly 10,000 men and women who had a polyp removed during a colonoscopy (polypectomy), researchers found 1,082 with a later advanced adenoma and 58 with colorectal cancer.  Median follow-up time was 47 months.

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