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Resources for Confronting Colon Cancer

Monday, September 7, 2009 at 11:34 AM

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Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.

It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. In 2009, it is expected that nearly 50,000 Americans will die because of colon cancer.

1-in-19 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer.

26 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation mandating that private health insurance plans cover all of the testing methods available to detect colon cancer including a colonoscopy. Ohio is not one of them.

Colon cancer incidence and mortality rates are highest in African American men and women. Among African Americans, incidence rates are more than 20% higher and mortality rates are about 45% higher than those in whites.

Risk factors for developing colon cancer include...

  • Family history
  • Age
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Diet low in fiber, high in fat
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • African American ethnicity

Colon Cancer Associations and Resources

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

Colon Club
The Colon Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of colorectal cancer in out-of-the-box ways.  Our goals are to educate as many people as possible, as early as possible, about the risk factors and symptoms of colorectal cancer, and for people to get screened when it’s appropriate for them.

American Society of Clinical Oncology
The American Society of Clinical Oncology is a non-profit organization founded in 1964 with the overarching goals of improving cancer care and prevention.

American Gastroenterological Association
The AGA has grown to include 17,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization.

ScienceDaily
ScienceDaily is one of the Internet’s most popular science news web sites. Since starting in 1995, the award-winning site has earned the loyalty of students, researchers, healthcare professionals, government agencies, educators and the general public around the world.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC maintains several departments concerned with occupational safety and health.

Natural News Network
The NaturalNews Network is a non-profit collection of public education websites covering topics that empower individuals to make positive changes in their health, environmental sensitivity, consumer choices and informed skepticism.

Medline Plus
In the United States, it is the fourth most common cancer in men and women. Caught early, it is often curable.

Oncolink
Comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances.

Journal of American Medical Association
Connecting doctors with research and information and patients with tools and tips to help manage cancer.

Local Resources

Healthy Ohio Program
Ohioans have access to primary and preventive services as well as education and opportunities for healthy lifestyles, and the incidence of preventable diseases are at the lowest levels in the nation across all population groups. Services and care are coordinated through widespread use of health information technology, thereby improving health outcomes and delivering effective, efficient and culturally competent health care.

www.ohiohealth.com
A regional health care system that provides managed care services, and operates hospitals, primary care and off-site health facilities, as well as home care.

Ohio Commission on Minority Health
The Commission is interested in funding projects which are innovative, culturally sensitive and specific in their approach toward reduction of the incidence and severity of those diseases or conditions which are responsible for excess morbidity and mortality in minority populations.

Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute (DDI) is the first of its kind to unite all specialists within one unique, fully integrated model of care - aimed at optimizing patient experience.

University Hospitals
University Hospitals – Geneva Medical Center reminds you that everyone must remain vigilant about prevention or early detection of colorectal cancer.

EMH Regional Medical Center
In the century since its inception, the mission of caring for and improving the health of community has remained steadfast and will continue for years to come.

Akron General
Akron General’s gastroenterologists are physicians who specialize in disorders and conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, including Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or Heartburn, Ulcers and Colorectal Cancer.

Kaiser Permanente
Use our online health and drug encyclopedias, and locate Kaiser Permanente hospital and medical offices and phone numbers.

Lake Hospital Systems
Colon cancer is the nation’s number two cancer killer, second only to lung cancer. In many cases, the cancer has no symptoms,* so routine screenings after age 50 are critical to catch the disease in its earlier stage.

MetroHealth Colon Cancer
Colorectal cancer is a term used to refer to cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. Colon and rectal cancers begin in the digestive system, also called the GI (gastrointestinal) system.

Summa Health Systems
formation on the health services, calendar of events, community and medical education, research and information on the numerous health care facilities.

St. Vincent’s Charity Hospital
Combines medical excellence with human compassion to provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient healthcare in Cleveland

Age: About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50. Colon cancer can occur in younger people, but it occurs much less frequently. A personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps. If you’ve already had colon cancer or adenomatous polyps, you have a greater risk of colon cancer in the future.

Disclaimer
This information is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician and/ or other health care providers relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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