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5 Steps from Unaware to Aware

5 Steps from Unaware to Aware

by Shawna Snyder A few weeks ago I worked an awareness event at Craig Campbell’s concert in Kansas City that left me stunned in a way I didn’t think was possible. This event had over 3,000 people there, I’d say the majority of them were ages 21-35. As many of the event-goers walked by our table, they moved away from our Fight Colorectal Cancer booth when they saw what we represented, embarrassed that they’d just read the word “colorectal.” The biggest shock to me was that when people did come up to our booth, they questioned what colorectal cancer was and even asked where their colon was located. These questions assured me

May 2014 Webinar: Family First – What You Need to Know About Family History & Colorectal Cancer

Have you and your family discussed your family’s medical history? Did you know that 10-15% of all cancers are familial, and 3% of all colorectal cancers are due to a syndrome called Lynch Syndrome? Having Lynch Syndrome puts you at an 80% increased risk of developing colorectal cancer. Tune into this webinar to learn more about Lynch Syndrome and other inherited syndromes as they relate to colorectal cancer. Presented by: Heather Hampel, MS, CGC Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Ms. Hampel has been a cancer genetic counselor since 1995 and is a faculty member in the Division of Human Genetics. Her clinical duties include providing comprehensive cancer genetic consultations to


Meet the One Million Strong – Eileen A. from California

MEET EILEEN Eileen Algaze, Survivor Monarch Beach, CA EILEEN’S STORY The Irony of Cancer -I am 67 years old and have survived colon cancer four times:  stage 0 in 2001, stage 4 metastasized to the liver in 2008, further metastasized to lymph node on liver in 2012 and now in a cluster of six nodes in the abdomen. After major surgeries with complications, grueling chemotherapy, loss of my hair, my body parts and my marriage, I’m still here. My mother died of breast cancer when I was 10 and my brother Kenneth was eight. I knew Ken was afraid to lose me to the same enemy.  My brother was born


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

Meet the One Million Strong – Stephanie Moore from Missouri

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET STEPHANIE Stephanie Moore, Survivor Webb City, MO STEPHANIE’S STORY In May of 2009, just two months after my mom was diagnosed with rectal cancer, I was given the same diagnosis. The local doctors told me to get ready to die-leaving three children ages 4, 9 and 12. My husband said,  “Uanacceptable words!” & found hope in St. Louis. It was difficult, emotionally & physically painful, but moments of hilarity, clarity, and firm resolve to fight helped me to endure. The chances of this horrible disease returning are good, but

Genetic Counselor Joins Medical Advisory Board

Long before Angelina Jolie gripped the American public’s attention by announcing her double mastectomy due to a genetic mutation, Fight Colorectal Cancer had been educating patients about family histories, plus supporting and reporting research advances in genetics—especially Lynch syndrome. One of our most reliable sources for patient information and webinars  has been Heather Hampel, MS, CGC, a genetic counselor for 18 years, and Associate Director of the Division of Human Genetics at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. We’re proud to announce that Heather Hampel is now an official member of our Medical Advisory Board. She first became aware of Fight Colorectal Cancer years ago when the late Kate Murphy, (one

Does Colorectal Cancer Run in Your Family?

The short answer is probably not. Most colorectal cancer develops as we age without any notable family history. But about one in five people with colorectal cancer will have a close family link. Getting to know that risk is important. It may mean earlier or more frequent screening. It definitely means talking to your family, learning about Aunt Mary’s uterine cancer, Dad’s polyps, or Grandmother’s stomach problems when she was 35. It means telling them about your own cancer or polyps. The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable has a new website to help you search and share your family history with Family PLZ.

Colon Cancer Patients with Close Family History Do Better

Colon cancer patients with a first-degree relative who also had colon cancer have a significantly better prognosis. In a recent study, even after all risk factors were taken into consideration, they had less chance of cancer recurring and less chance of dying than people without a close family history. However, the same thing was not true for rectal cancer.

Thanksgiving is National Family History Day

Today while you’re digesting turkey or washing the Thanksgiving dinner dishes, take time to talk about your family’s health history.  Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H., the acting Surgeon General, has declared Thanksgiving 2008 the fifth annual National Family History Day. Families are encouraged to share health information to identify diseases that might be inherited or lifestyles that may contribute to medical problems.  Family histories can lead to a discussion with your doctor about tests you may need or changes you should make to prevent cancer and other diseases. My Family Health History, a tool developed by the Surgeon General, can help you make a drawing of your family tree and

Family History of Colorectal Cancer Improve Survival Chances

People with a family history of colon or rectal cancer may have a smaller risk of having the cancer return or of dying from the disease according to a new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers followed nearly 1,100 patients with stage III colon cancer who were being treated with chemotherapy, 195 of whom had at least one close family member who also had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  Fifty-seven of them had a cancer recurrence or died (29 percent).  Among the 892 patients with no family history, 343 died or had cancer return (38 percent.) Patients with one family member with colorectal