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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 ...

High Blood Sugar May Increase Colon Cancer Risk

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on December 5th, 2011 | No Comments »
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A recently published study in the British Journal of Cancer suggests elevated blood sugar levels may increase women’s risk of colon cancer. Over a 12-year period women with the highest blood sugar levels were nearly twice as likely to develop colon cancer than women with the lowest blood sugar levels. None of the women had blood sugar levels high enough to be considered diabetic. The study hypothesized that high levels of blood sugar, or glucose, may fuel ...

Prevent Cancer Foundation Super Colon & Breakaway from Cancer Support the Dempsey Challenge

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy on November 21st, 2011 | 1 Comment »
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Last month, the Prevent Cancer Foundation participated in the Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen. The event is a fundraiser for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. And while it raises funds for the Dempsey Center to provide services free of charge to patients and the community, the event also brings the community together through the Lifestyle Festival, walking, cycling, running, and a celebration of ...

Sitting for Long Periods of Time Increases Cancer Risk

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 4th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Increasing daily physical activity is a great way to lower your cancer risk, but now there is another risk factor that you should know about – being seated for long periods of time is strongly linked to an increased risk for colorectal and breast cancer. "It seems highly likely that the longer you sit, the higher your risk," said Neville Owen, PhD of Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Dr. Owen presented the research ...