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MARCH IS NATIONAL COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

March to your Screening Now!

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum, and is often called simply "colon cancer." It is the #3 cause of cancer deaths in the United States and kills more nonsmokers than any other cancer. Over a million people suffer from colon cancer, worldwide, each year. Family history and/or personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps increase one's risk for colorectal cancer.

Hadassah has teamed up, once again, with EIF's National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, and a coalition of cancer prevention and medical organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and others, to issue an annual colorectal cancer report card that provides consumers with a snapshot of whether their states require insurers to cover the cost of screening. www.nccra.org

 

YOU can prevent colorectal cancer! Here's how:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Don't smoke; quit if you do
  • Eat vegetables, fruits and whole grains
  • Drink moderate amounts of alcohol
  • Get screened regularly

 

It is recommended that a first colorectal screening test take place at age 50. If you have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps or are at increased risk for other reasons, talk to your healthcare professional about getting screened earlier and/or more regularly.

At Hadassah's Clinic for Oncogenetic Counseling at Hadassah Ein Kerem, approximately 20%-30% of colorectal cancers are hereditary, and a genetic background has been identified in some of them. HNPCC (hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer) Syndrome (or Lynch Syndrome) is the most common of all the genetic syndromes that lead to colorectal cancer. It is responsible for some 3%-5% of the cases of colorectal cancer.

Hadassah Hospital has recently set up a clinical and laboratory protocol, led by Dr. Yael Goldberg and Dr. Michal Sagi. Another gene that increases a person's risk of colorectal cancer is APC (adenomatous polyposis coli), which is responsible for a rare syndrome known as FAP (familial adenomatous polyposis), in which a person can develop dozens and up to thousands of polyps in the colon with a high risk of cancer in the digestive tract.

What are the recommendations, at Hadassah Hospital, for monitoring and prevention in the event an increased risk for cancer is found?

In the case of increased risk for colorectal cancer, "we recommend a colonoscopy starting from 5-10 years younger than the youngest case of colorectal cancer diagnosed in the family. If a specific hereditary condition is discovered, such as HNPCC or FAP, the age at which recommended monitoring should begin is even younger."

On Thursday, April 26, 2012, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, learn about the Advances in the Treatment of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer; Contact: connect@cancercare.org.

For more information on Colorectal Cancer or other Women's Health and Wellness programs contact programming@hadassah.org. For more information on colorectal cancer and screenings visit www.Hadassah.org.il, www.cdc.gov, www.cancer.org, www.nih.gov. CancerCare.org

Date: 3/8/2012 12:00:00 AM

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