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A twenty something’s guide to colorectal cancer prevention

Posted by Monique Smaby, Program & Communications Coordinator, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on March 15th, 2014 | No Comments »
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If you are in your twenties like me, your first reaction to a piece about colorectal cancer may be “Thank goodness I don’t have to think about that yet!” But being in your twenties is all about taking on responsibility and that includes taking charge of your health. Now is an ideal time to learn about colorectal cancer and establish good habits to reduce your risk. The longer you put off creating good habits, the ...

I’ll admit it: The Prevent Cancer Super Colon is pretty super

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications Assistant on October 4th, 2013 | No Comments »
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On September 29, the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™ made its way to Nationals Park for the annual Prevent Cancer 5k/Walk Run. 450 runners and walkers stepped through the Prevent Cancer Super Colon, exploring (and sometimes yanking at) various colon disorders. It was the making of nightmares for one little girl whose father had to drag her in (“This is for your health!”), but most visitors left knowledgeable albeit slightly horrified. Eighty-six percent of the visitors ...

Prevent Cancer Super Colon visits the Latin American Festival in Worcester, MA

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications Assistant on August 21st, 2013 | No Comments »
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The Prevent Cancer Super Colon™ went to Worcester last weekend for the 23rd annual Latin American Festival. The exhibit was hosted by UMass Memorial Health Center. Volunteers gave out magnets, bracelets and our Guide to Preventable Cancers in English and Spanish. Among the 433 visitors were Congressman Jim McGovern and Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program Executive Director Lisa McGovern. A drawing for a free iPad mini helped attract visitors to the exhibit where we spoke with ...

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 ...