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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 ...

Adele Lass: Skin cancer survivor

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I am a 72-year-old woman. I was diagnosed with melanoma when I was 69.  I noticed what I thought was a bug bite on my lower leg. Several months later, I went to a dermatologist and he did not think it was anything either.  He did do biopsy though and I was later diagnosed with stage 3C melanoma.  I had 2 surgeries.  One on my lower leg about 5” by 9". The other in my ...

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

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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. ...

Holly Rose turns her breast cancer into a mission.

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On January 13, 2009, a girlfriend of mine posted a reminder to perform a self-breast exam on my Facebook page. I did and to my horror I discovered a lump that turned out to be breast cancer. I was extremely fortunate in finding my cancer in the early stages and was able to save my breasts and, more importantly, my life. I was so grateful for the reminder that saved my life that I decided ...