Archive for March, 2011

FAQ #15 About Colon Cancer

March 17th, 2011

What is a PET scan and can it be used for colon cancer detection instead of a colonoscopy?

PET scanning is still at an early stage of development in the detection and staging of gastrointestinal tumors. At the present time it is not replacing colonoscopy for diagnosing colon cancer.

Source: PreventCancer.org

Screen for Life

March 16th, 2011

FAQ #14 About Colon Cancer

March 16th, 2011

What is the best colon cancer screening test?

Colonoscopy is the only method that has a high sensitivity for identifying lesions and all polyps (both small and large) and has the capability of removing them at the time of the procedure.

Source: PreventCancer.org

Eat More Fruits & Veggies

March 15th, 2011

Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables daily provides many benefits.

  • Helps reduce the risk for chronic diseases such as stroke, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • All product forms count – fresh frozen, canned, dried and 100 percent juice.
  • Most fruits and veggies are lower in calories and higher in fiber than other foods.
  • As part of a healthy diet, eating fruits and veggies instead of other high-fat foods may make it easier to control your weight.
  • Fruits and vegetables are great sources of many vitamins and minerals.

FAQ #13 About Colon Cancer

March 15th, 2011

Is a palpable lump in the side a symptom of colon cancer? Or is it only found as a polyp inside and can not be felt?

A palpable lump in the abdomen can be a symptom of colon cancer, but it could also be a symptom of other conditions. Your doctor would be able to examine you and give you a more personal opinion, ordering testing as appropriate to determine the cause of a lump. A polyp inside the colon can not be felt from the outside. Polyps are found by looking inside the colon with various procedures: a sigmoidoscopy (which only looks at a portion of the colon) or colonoscopy (which can look at the whole colon); a Virtual Colonoscopy is an x-ray technique as with a barium enema. Colonoscopy is considered the gold standard test for this condition.

Source: PreventCancer.org

Myth: Leftovers are safe to eat until they smell bad.

March 14th, 2011

Myth: Leftovers are safe to eat until they smell bad. 

 Fact:  Most people would not choose to eat spoiled, smelly food.  However, if they did, they would not necessarily get sick.  This is because there are different types of bacteria, some of which cause illness in people and others that don’t.  The types of bacteria that do cause illness do not affect the taste, smell, or appearance of food.  For this reason it is important to freeze or toss refrigerated leftovers within 3-4 days.  If you are unsure of how long your leftovers have been sitting in the refrigerator, don’t take the risk – when in doubt, throw it out!

FAQ # 12 About Colon Cancer

March 14th, 2011

Are intestinal obstructions an early symptom of colon cancer?

Colonic obstruction is a late symptom of colon cancer. It occurs when the tumor has grown so large that it blocks the bowel. When it occurs, urgent surgery is required to relieve the blockage. Screening for colon cancer with colonoscopy can detect tumors long before they cause symptoms, let alone serious complications like obstruction.

Source: PreventCancer.org

FAQ #11 About Colon Cancer

March 13th, 2011

Is it possible to have blood in your stool, but not have colon cancer?

Yes, it is possible to have blood in your stool but not have colon cancer. Hemorrhoids, anal fissures or tears, infections of the colon (infectious diarrhea), inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s colitis), colonic diverticula and abnormal blood vessels (arteriovenous malformations or angiodysplasia) may all be associated with bleeding from the rectum or colon. Blood in the stool may also occur from lesions in the stomach and small intestine such as peptic ulcer disease, angiodysplasia and Crohn’s disease of the small intestine. Rectal bleeding of any amount or blood in or on the stool is never normal and should not be ignored, as some causes of rectal bleeding and blood in the stool (colon cancer) are more serious than others. Speak with your gastroenterologist about any rectal bleeding and schedule a colonoscopy to get the bleeding properly checked out.

Source: PreventCancer.org

FAQ #10 About Colon Cancer

March 12th, 2011

Is it possible to have colon or rectal cancer without having polyps?

Colorectal cancer can occur without polyps, but it is an uncommon event. Individuals with long-standing inflammatory bowel diseases, such as chronic ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s colitis, are at increased risk for developing colorectal cancer that occurs in the absence of polyps. The greater the extent of colonic involvement by inflammatory bowel disease and the greater the duration of the disease, the greater the risk of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancers in individuals with chronic inflammatory bowel disease may appear as flat, plaque like lesions or may even be indistinguishable from the surrounding colon tissue. Large mass-like lesions with distinct margins seen with most colorectal cancers are uncommon in inflammatory bowel disease.

Colorectal cancer associated with inflammatory bowel disease accounts for less than 1 percent of all colorectal cancers diagnosed in the United States each year. There are also reports that suggest some tiny colon cancers may arise in flat colon tissue which is either entirely normal or contains a small flat area of adenomatous (precancerous) tissue. This type of colorectal cancer is the exception to the rule and is considered a rare event. The vast majority of colorectal cancers arise from pre-existing adenomatous (precancerous) polyps.

Source: PreventCancer.org

$500 Grant Available Through Families First

March 11th, 2011

Attention all organizations and churches in the Big Sandy Region (Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike Counties).

Families First has issued a request for proposal for its fatherhood and faith-based initiatives. Mini-grants are available for up to $500.   Deadline for submission is March 21, 2011.  You can download an application by clicking on the following link. 2011 Families First Mini-Grant Application