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Colon cancer survivor: Early detection saved my life

Posted by Joanne Wellman on July 24th, 2013 | No Comments »
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As a health educator working for a cancer program, I knew all too well the guidelines for when one should get screened for various cancers. So, it was a “no-brainer” when I went to see my physician and let him know that I was having vague gastrointestinal issues and reminded him that my mother had colon cancer about 25 years ago. I told him I wanted a colonoscopy, even though it had been 5 years ...

Musician’s struggle with colon cancer inspires a song of thanks.

Posted by Rebecca Evans on | 1 Comment »
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I was 53 and decided I should get a colonoscopy. I don't know why, I just felt like I should, being past the age of 50. Due to a series of setbacks, I was 54 by the time I was able to schedule my colonoscopy. I had scheduled a physical for that day too. After the colonoscopy we found a dark spot in my colon, and the doctor decided he wanted to do an MRI. ...

Colon cancer patient: Screening, early detection saved my life

Posted by Maryanne Kipe on March 25th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
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In October of 2012, I became one of the estimated 1.6 million people that heard the words “you have cancer.” I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer through a regular cancer screening. While nobody ever wants to hear those words, I consider myself fortunate. My family, friends and co-workers have been supportive and loving throughout this experience, and I have access to excellent cancer treatment. [caption id="attachment_9973" align="alignright" width="300"] Maryanne Kipe, a colon cancer patient, encourages her friends ...

Cancer Survivor Story: Take Screening Seriously

Posted by Linda M. Hogg on December 13th, 2011 | No Comments »
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I was familiar with cancer as a survivor, having had a melanoma at age 27. I was familiar with cancer as a caregiver. My husband lost his battle to pancreatic cancer and my son, diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), underwent a successful stem cell transplant in 2004.  In all three cases, a symptom prompted each of us to get a checkup. In September 2009, I had my annual gynecological exam. My checkup was normal but ...