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!
Colon cancer awareness month
Recent reports reveal that actress Olivia Newton-John is battling cancer for the third time since she was first diagnosed in 1992. Since that first diagnosis, Newton-John has been a tireless advocate for cancer research and breast cancer screenings. But she’s not the only one.The singers, actors, media personalities and other celebs listed in the following slides are all cancer survivors, and they’ve all talked openly about what their own battles with cancer have been like. Click through and be inspired by their strength and spirit. Jane Fonda While promoting the fourth season of her Netflix series, “Grace and Frankie,” actress Jane Fonda was seen with bandages on her face. The Oscar award-winning actress and activist explained that a doctor had recently removed a cancerous growth from her lip. In a playful Instagram post, Fonda posed with co-star Lily Tomlin, her hand placed over her mouth. The caption read: “With Lily in NY. I’ve found a … [Read more...] about Celebrities who have battled cancer
Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society (ACS) is now advising that everyone should undergo their first colon cancer screening at age 45, instead of the previously determined age 50. If everyone over the age of 45 were regularly screened, it might be possible to reduce deaths associated with colorectal cancer by as much as 60 percent. Many women believe that colorectal cancer is a disease that affects more men than women, so they might not be aware of or believe they need to follow current screening recommendations. National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month wants to spread the word that colorectal cancer affects men and women equally and that screening saves lives.Joel Retsky, MD, Gastroenterologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem, shares some important information about colorectal cancer everyone should know, men and women:Your risk increases with age. More than 90% of colorectal … [Read more...] about New Screening Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer
0 Comments Don't die of embarrassment, colon cancer survivor Willie urges men BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Three years after he was diagnosed with colon cancer, a Londonderry grandfather is urging other men to leave their embarrassment at home and get worrying symptoms checked out as soon as possible. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/dont-die-of-embarrassment-colon-cancer-survivor-willie-urges-men-36718031.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article36718030.ece/b186d/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-03-19_new_39410760_I1.JPG Email Three years after he was diagnosed with colon cancer, a Londonderry grandfather is urging other men to leave their embarrassment at home and get worrying symptoms checked out as soon as possible. Willie McGahey (66) still gets regular check-ups to make sure his disease hasn't returned. He has decided to speak about his experience so others can benefit from an early diagnosis. He said: "I went to my doctor after I noticed there … [Read more...] about Don’t die of embarrassment, colon cancer survivor Willie urges men
Joanna Dranikoff never got a chance to qualify for routine colon cancer screenings, because she didn’t live long enough to make it to that point.In 2014, when Joanna was found to have stage IV colon cancer at age 46, her husband, Lee Dranikoff, said the disease was nowhere on their radar. They knew very little about colon cancer and even less about early onset of the disease. She died less than two years later. She would have qualified for routine screenings at 50.Despite colon cancer being the second leading cancer cause of death in both men and women, it is one of the most preventable cancers. Deaths have been declining among older adults due to improved screening and testing, but a rise in cases among younger adults has experts worried. Dr. Nina: Colorectal cancer screenings save lives While colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers, it is not on most people’s list o… “We are seeing more young people getting colon cancer, with some studies … [Read more...] about Colon cancer is preventable but rising among younger people