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Falling Mammography Rates Alarm Researchers

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 25th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
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In 2002, a U.S. government study found that women who used hormone therapy as a treatment for menopausal symptoms had an increased risk of developing breast cancer or heart disease, leading to a sharp drop in their use. This precipitated fewer visits to the doctor and fewer opportunities for reminders about mammograms, and, as a result, researchers found that mammography rates dropped in 2005 for the first time in nearly two decades. With fewer women ...

Colorectal Cancer Screening a Significant Factor in Lowering Incidence & Death Rate

Posted by Liona Chan, Communications Associate on July 7th, 2011 | No Comments »
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The Prevent Cancer Foundation welcomes the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that colorectal cancer incidence and death have significantly decreased due to a greater emphasis on screening. According to the CDC, the rate of new colorectal cancer (CRC) cases fell from 52.3 per 100,000 in 2003 to 45.4 per 100,000 in 2007. The U.S. death rate for colorectal cancer also fell from 19 to 16.7 per 100,000 between 2003 and 2007. ...

Native People Walking the Path for Health

Posted by Janet Hudson on March 22nd, 2011 | No Comments »
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The Chehalis Tribal Community Center in Washington state was buzzing last weekend with a “March to Prevention”.  The health fair included a Colon Health Bingo, diabetes testing, Zumba demonstrations, hands on lung cancer exhibit with real (yuck) lungs, prostate cancer info, raffles, a  necklace workshop, fabulous community meals and the Prevent Cancer Super Colon.  They also had a panel of speakers from three different tribes share their experiences. The South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA) brings ...

A Daughter’s Story: Colon Cancer’s Impact on a Family

Posted by Catherine Osterhaus on March 17th, 2011 | 12 Comments »
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“Well, it’s the size of a small orange,” my dad said as he pointed at the images taken of a tumor during his colonoscopy. It was a Tuesday night, and I felt a sense of relief that we had finally found the source of stomach pain and unexplained weight loss that he suffered from for the past two months. I was also shocked. As a thin, healthy, active thirty-eight year old, he wasn’t even a ...