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Meet the One Million Strong – Sarah H. from Ontario

Meet the One Million Strong – Sarah H. from Ontario

MEET SARAH Sarah Howe, survivor St. Catharines, Ontario SARAH’S STORY On March 28, 2014 I began experiencing intense stomach pain that I brushed off as “normal” because I had just given birth to my third child two days prior.When the pain persisted, and was still occurring after two weeks, I decided to go to the ER. The doctor said it “might be a kidney infection,” and gave me a prescription for antibiotics. The next day I went back and another doctor said, “You probably just tore muscles from labor.” I fought with the pain for four more weeks before going back to the ER, where a doctor refused to even look

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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

Texas Native Wins A Free Screening and a Second Chance

“A cook-off saved my life.” That’s what Brett Gallaway wrote on his Facebook page on October 3, 2012, after reality sank in. He’d just heard from his doctor that a precancerous polyp had been found during his screening colonoscopy.  A polyp that, if left in place, could have developed into full-blown colorectal cancer. “I didn’t even know I had it,” Brett said.  “I didn’t have any symptoms.” Thanks to a raffle he won at a barbecue cook-off, he was able to receive a free colonoscopy and find the cancer early. Brett’s Facebook page filled with “Likes” and comments. A lot of them were testimonials from friends who had brushes with cancer or

Wanted: 100 U.S. Representatives

H.R. 4120 has 37 cosponsors, but your help is needed to push the number to 100 by the end of September. Colorectal cancer screening is covered under Medicare without cost sharing (or co-pay), but if a Medicare patient undergoes a screening colonoscopy during which a polyp or other tissue is removed, that patient is required to pay. This policy is unfair, confusing and deters individuals from receiving a test that could save their lives. Earlier this year, H.R. 4120, the ‘‘Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2012,” was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA). H.R. 4120 would waive a Medicare beneficiary’s coinsurance

Fighting Colorectal Cancer on Many Fronts

Indran Krishnan, MD, FRCP (London), FRCP(C), FACP, FACG is fighting colorectal cancer on many fronts. As a gastroenterologist, he personally screens people every week. As an associate professor at Emory University, he trains the next generation of physicians. As an advocate, he serves on Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Board of Directors, and was a founding member of the Georgia Colon Cancer Coalition. In the first 4 months of 2012, Indran stepped up his efforts by: Meeting with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and members of the Georgia legislature to introduce them to Fight Colorectal Cancer and spread the word about screening; Attending this year’s Call-on Congress, our annual advocacy training and lobby

Cutting Out Polyps Cuts Colorectal Cancer Deaths in Half

We thought it was true . . . and now research comes along with evidence. Colonoscopy reduces death from colorectal cancer. In a follow-up analysis from the National Polyp Study, people who had adenomas — the risky kind of polyps — removed during the study were much less likely to die from colon or rectal cancer than  the general US population.  In fact, removing adenomas cut the death rate from colorectal cancer in half. We knew that colonoscopies find and remove precancerous polyps and reduce the number of new colorectal cancers, but this is the first study to actually link colonoscopy to cutting back death from colorectal cancer. There was

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: August 7

Research has found aspirin or resistant starch doesn’t help people with Lynch syndrome avoid new polyps.  While almost all people had seen a cancer-related ad, very few actually got a prescription for the advertised drug. People who followed a low-fat, high-fiber diet most carefully had fewer new polyps. A Johns Hopkins team has developed SUDS — a device for cleaning ER equipment that wipes out dangerous bacteria and keeps it from returning for several days.  The Caring Connection will help you find advance directive forms and instructions for your state.

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