We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few months. Here is an update on some of our races. Lafayette, Louisiana – February 28th: This is the second annual event in Lafayette. It’s on track to double in size from last year, expecting 300-400 participants, thanks in part to two great [...]
The American Cancer Society announced today that Minnesota’s Colorectal Cancer Prevention Act unanimously passed the Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. Senator Kathy Sheran of Mankato, nurse, nurse educator and mother of three, authored the bill. “The importance of early screening for colorectal cancer cannot be understated,” said Sen. Sheran in March 2008 when [...]
Today will not be the first time that you hear that March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It also won’t be the last. Since my sister was diagnosed 10 years ago, I’ve been trying to find my “role” and “responsibility” with “awareness” this month. As the president of the Colon Cancer Coalition, I should have [...]
A recent study conducted by the National Institutes of Health found that older adults who get higher levels of calcium through food or supplements have a lower risk of colorectal cancer. WebMD Health News reports that participants in the study who indicated that they had a calcium rich diet showed a decreased risk for all [...]
Todd (34) and I (33) live in Allenhurst, New Jersey. We were married in May of 2004 and at that time were living in Boston, Massachusetts. Two weeks after our honeymoon, Todd was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. He has been battling it ever since. We decided to move back to my hometown shortly after his diagnosis so we could have the close support from our family and friends. Despite this long battle, we have tried to remain as active as possible to maintain a “normal” life.
Researchers led by Drs. Lillian Maggio-Price and Brian Iritani at The University of Washington found that mice that lack the immune inhibitory molecule Smad3 are acutely sensitive to both bacterially-induced inflammation and cancer. They report these findings in the January 2009 issue of The American Journal of Pathology. Bacteria contribute to the development of certain cancers, in some measure, by stimulating chronic inflammation. Absence of a molecule that inhibits inflammation, Smad3, may therefore increase susceptibility to colon cancer.