A Pennsylvania mom says she was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer not long after giving birth to her daughter. (iStock) A Pennsylvania mom says she was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer not long after giving birth to her daughter. In 2015, Lauren Ricottone, of Philadelphia, was urged by her husband, Chris, to undergo a colonoscopy after she would occasionally notice droplets of blood while using the restroom. OHIO MOM DIAGNOSED WITH COLON CANCER 6 MONTHS AFTER GIVING BIRTH She eventually agreed, and schedule the procedure. But that same day, Ricottone, 37, was informed she was pregnant. A routine pregnancy test ahead of the colonoscopy confirmed the news. “I went through all the preparation for the procedure, including a pregnancy test,” the now mother of two told Yahoo Lifestyle. “But just as I was getting ready to have anesthesia, the results came in: I was pregnant.” To ensure the safety of her unborn child, Ricottone decided to put off … [Read more...] about Pennsylvania mom mistakes colon cancer symptoms for hemorrhoids, shares ‘shocking’ story to warn others
Colon cancer awareness month
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Live Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Live | Colon Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life Advertisement Supported by Personal Health With colorectal cancer being found in an increasing number of younger adults, the pressure is on to screen millions more. ByJane E. Brody March 11, 2019 Although I usually refrain from writing columns linked to national health observances, I believe that Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, in March, is too important to ignore. There are simply too many people who are still getting and dying from this preventable disease because they failed to get screened for it, including people with no excuse like ignorance, lack of health insurance or poor access to medical services. And as Joy Ginsburg’s experience shows, even some doctors may need to be pushed into encouraging their patients to be tested. Ms. Ginsburg of … [Read more...] about Colon Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life
Nicole Obenski knew she was at higher risk for colon cancer as someone who suffers from colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease But the Philadelphia resident never figured she would be diagnosed with colon cancer at such a young age. "I always thought to myself, if I get it maybe I'll just be 60 years old," Obenski said. "I never thought it would happen at 31. It just makes me very sad and frustrated because I know what all of this entails and how it just completely crushes you and how it changes your entire world. I don't want anybody to have to go through this."The overall colon cancer incidence rate is falling in the United States, a decline attributed to increased screening rates, better surveillance techniques and greater public awareness. But research indicates higher rates among younger generations, including millennials and Generation X. And doctors are unsure why. "We think part of it is an earlier recognition of the disease," said Dr. John Daly, a surgical oncologist at … [Read more...] about Colon cancer rising among millennials – but doctors aren’t sure why
As I mentioned yesterday, here it’s that time of year again: October. Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While the topic of my post then was how antivaccine activists have tried to glom on to the attention that Breast Cancer Awareness Month gets in order to create their fake “awareness month” known as “Vaccine Injury Awareness Month,” unfortunately antivaccinationists are not the only quacks who take advantage of the various “awareness” months to peddle their quackery. Naturally, because Breast Cancer Awareness Month is one of the oldest and definitely the best known of these various disease awareness times, it’s not surprising that cancer quacks really like it. For instance, Mike Adams has been known to use October to attack various conventional cancer treatments. So has Dan Olmsted and promoters of alternative breast cancer cures. This year, first off the mark (or at least first off the mark that I’ve noticed) is Leonard Coldwell. On … [Read more...] about And so it begins: Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings out the cancer quacks
Various advocacy interests have proclaimed November as the national (or global) awareness month for stomach cancer, osteoporosis, pancreatic cancer, prematurity, lung cancer, bladder health, Alzheimer’s disease, home health, family caregivers, and hospice/palliative care. 3D Animation of C-diffAnd for the past four years, you’ve also been asked in November to heighten your awareness of Clostridium difficile — or “C. diff” for short. The campaign is spearheaded by the C Diff Foundation. C. diff is an opportunistic bacterium that most commonly infects older adults who’ve been hospitalized, institutionalized, or had prolonged exposure to antibiotics. Community-acquired cases are also starting to emerge. The CDC estimates it infects just under half a million Americans each year, and can result in a full range of symptoms from moderate diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. But it’s not the science or statistics of the infection … [Read more...] about Oh sh–! Almost forgot it’s C. diff Awareness Month!