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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 ...

Cancer prevention at the 2013 Cattlemen’s Ball

Posted by Pamela Nwoji, Manager, Community Outreach and Education on June 25th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
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Earlier in June I had the distinct privilege of visiting Sutherland, Nebraska to attend the 2013 Cattlemen’s Ball as part of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Nebraska State Fair project. I was greeted in REAL Midwestern style by cattlemen on horses set against the backdrop of the beautiful Sand Hills. The Cattlemen’s Ball is an annual event that brings together Nebraskan farmers, artists, volunteers, organizations and participants from all over the state to raise money for cancer ...

Father’s Day tribute shows the importance of cancer prevention and early detection

Posted by Carolyn Schmidt, Managing Director, Development on June 14th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
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I always thought my father had nine lives. My father had a few close calls with death during his life but he amazingly always seemed to come through. As a boy he was very sick with rheumatic fever, a very serious and sometimes fatal disease, but managed to recover. During college he broke his neck after diving into a quarry, landing him in the hospital for six weeks. While serving in the Marine Corps my father took ...

Foundation supports bill to remove unexpected costs of colorectal cancer screenings

Posted by Lisa McGovern, Executive Director, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on April 26th, 2013 | No Comments »
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Imagine you are a senior citizen who has made the wise decision to have a colonoscopy procedure to test for colorectal cancer. You go into the hospital thinking screening costs will be covered under Medicare and you will not be charged coinsurance. When you wake up, you learn a polyp was discovered and removed. It was found early and removed before it became cancerous so you are relieved… until you get your bill. You now ...