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World Cancer Day 2018: Uniting the world against preventable disease

27336678_2066910430000717_710002079010092896_nWe all have differences, from our fundamental beliefs such as religion or politics, all the way down to the foods we prefer or the temperature we keep our homes. But when we get down to brass tax, we’re all human.

Enter World Cancer Day, an initiative working to raise awareness of non-communicable diseases around the world, regardless of age, national origin or any other factor.

“Currently, 8.8 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years),” says WCD.org.

So many of these cancers are preventable, few more than colorectal cancer, the third leading cancer across the world only to breast and lung. Preventative measures combined with early detection is the key to saving millions of lives each year.

“It’s exciting to see how every year there is greater support for World Cancer Day. We’re delighted to back this important initiative and would encourage everyone to get involved.” – Kate Allen, Executive Director of Science & Public Affairs, World Cancer Research Fund International

WCD aims to not just increase awareness, but to generate funds for research and to help get the word out. And their mantra is a simple but effective one: every action counts.

“Whether you do something as large as running your own World Cancer Day campaign, or as simple as sharing our template messages amongst your networks, every action has an impact. Show the world that we can, I can… get involved in the fight against cancer,” says WCD.org.

You can do things as small as donating a few dollars or sharing WCD’s materials on social media to raise awareness. Check out the SIGNS FOR CHANGE social media activity, where they ask you to take selfies and use their hashtags, #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan. You can also share your cancer story, read those of others, and hear from healthcare professionals and caregivers.

On February 4, 2018, let’s remember that we’re all human, all fighting for the chance at a better, healthier life. And also remember to get screened! It’s the number one way to detect cancer early to set you on the path of recovery.


March Madness for Colon Cancer Awareness

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The staff of Troy Gastroenterology, Center for Digestive Health, showing their support for Colon Cancer Awareness Month by dressing in blue on March 3.

Every March, the Colon Cancer Alliance celebrates Colon Cancer Awareness month, to push for more support, research and recognition of the struggle the disease incurs.

We lose more than 50,000 Americans every year to colon cancer, with more and more young people turning up with the disease.

“Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States,” says the CCA.

The good news is, with early screening, detection and even prevention is possible. Most cases of colon cancer appear in folks over the age of 50, which is why the current recommendation for colonoscopy is also age 50. Even then, people with a first-degree relative (parent or sibling) are far more likely to develop the cancer than others. For those folks, your doctor might recommend starting your colonoscopy routine even earlier.

How can you help?

Get involved with Colon Cancer Awareness by making a donation. The Salah Foundation matched donations in 2016 to generate more than a quarter million dollars in extra revenue for research.

If you’d rather participate, the CCA hosts the Undy Run/Walk all over the country to raise funds and awareness.

The Never 2 Young campaign is also doing its best to raise awareness about the decreasing age of colon cancer’s victims.

“As the leading national colon cancer patient advocacy organization, we’re dedicated to bringing together the brightest minds to increase screening rates and survivorship,” says N2Y.

This month, show your support for fighters, survivors and family members of folks with colon cancer. Wear blue, join a local event, and donate money. Every little bit counts to get us to a stage of early detection and prevention.


Never Too Young for Colon Cancer: Young Survivors Week

Colon cancer doesn't care about your age.

The Colon Cancer Alliance has started the N2Y campaign: Never Too Young for Colon Cancer.

The Colon Cancer Alliance has started the N2Y campaign: Never Too Young for Colon Cancer. Every June, the CCA puts the spotlight on folks under 50 who have been diagnosed with the disease.

Their goal is to push for prevention, early detection and appropriate treatment. The Alliance reports that around 10% of cases in the U.S. are people under 50. They’re also fighting to get the recommended age of screenings to start at 40, especially for those with a family history.

It can be difficult to convince young people to get serious about their risk of colon cancer and getting screened young. But that’s what the Never Too Young campaign wants to change.

“…cancer doesn’t care how old you are. And colon cancer, although considered an older man’s disease, can strike anyone at any time. The hard reality: you’re never too young for colon cancer. That’s why we need to educate ourselves about the risks of this disease now.”

There are lots of ways you can get involved. The Colon Cancer Alliance has volunteer and advocate opportunities, organizations you can donate to, and guidance on programs and events and how to host your own.

Cancer takes too many people as it is – let’s band together with the Colon Cancer Alliance to make sure we do all we can to prevent those losses at such early ages.


Celebrate the survivor in your family!

National Cancer Survivors Day

On Sunday, June 7, we celebrate survivors and the people who got them there.

Sunday, June 7 is National Cancer Survivors Day. This day commemorates all the fighters and their support systems and recognizes their courage. Survivors Day “is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community,” says the website.

Now in its 28th year, National Cancer Survivors Day aims to support fundraisers and other events in an effort to raise awareness and funds for research. They offer a detailed, seven-step process to help you get your event off the ground. After you register your even with NCSD, they work with you to get sponsors, a location and pick a theme like “Casino Royale” or “A Day of Pampering.” The site can also help you land a keynote speaker to help gain publicity for your event.

A recent blog on the site explains this day of recognition.

We want everyone to share the message that there is life after cancer – and that’s something to celebrate – but we can still do more to lessen the burdens of cancer survivorship.

We salute you, survivors. Not just on this day of recognition, but every day. The courage and strength it takes to fight cancer is unparalleled. Thank you for being an inspiration to us all.


The fastest-growing cancer in the country: Esophageal

Esophageal Cancer Awareness month is April each year.

ECA is the fastest-growing cancer in the U.S.

Cases of esophageal cancer are growing rapidly in the U.S. The disease can be easily disregarded as something less serious, since the risk factors and symptoms are so common.

Risk factors and symptoms

Dr. Anezi Bakken, MD MS in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, says that white men over 50 who drink, smoke or are overweight are at the highest risk. Chronic heartburn also increases the risk, since the acid produced can lead to erosion of your esophageal tissue.

The symptoms are easy to shrug off. Regular burping or belching, hoarseness, indigestion, chest pain, sore throat and even throat clearing can all be indicators of esophageal cancer.

People with GERD could actually end up with Barrett’s esophagus – a more serious condition that can eventually lead to esophageal cancer. Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which the lining of the lower esophagus has been damaged by repeated exposure to stomach acid.

If you’re chronically on PPIs for GERD, you may be at a higher risk.


April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness month!

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness month.

Esophageal cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects more than 15,000 people in the U.S. each year.

Esophageal cancer is a rare yet aggressive type of cancer. The Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association says that there are more than 15,000 cases each year in the U.S. The disease usually targets folks who are 50 and older, though there are more cases in younger adults occurring each year.

“Cancer of the esophagus can start anywhere along the length of the esophagus,” says the ECAA. “Each develops in a different kind of cell.” You can read more about the different types on the ECAA website. 

The most common type is squamous cell. The people who are most at risk for this type are heavy drinkers and smokers. This type affects the upper and middle parts of the esophagus.

Adenocarcinoma is a less-common type linked to acid reflux and obesity. This type starts in the lower part of the esophagus, usually at the point where it meets the stomach.

Throughout April, we’re going to talk to some of the doctors at Troy Gastro to get some insight into this rare but potentially fatal disease. If you have questions, email Media@TroyGastro.com.


Colon Cancer Month continues: Resources for fighters

Colon Cancer Awareness month will wrap up, but our fight goes on!

Our fight will continue long after Colon Cancer Awareness Month ends.

Colon Cancer Awareness month 2015 is coming to a close, but the fight is far from over! We’re here to offer screenings, tests and other preventive methods to make sure all of our patients get the care you need.

Here are some great resources for more information and support for colon cancer survivors and fighters.

Colon Cancer Alliance

Find programs and events, news, garb and information if you’re newly diagnosed. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can learn how to become an advocate or get involved in community outreach, and even sign up for a run or walk.

Check out their Facebook page for regular updates.

Colon Cancer Month

Get more info about the famous Undy Run and live by the tagline: Screen it like you mean it!

Blue Star States

This site advocates for the continuation of Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, your state’s governor has to officially recognize March for Colon Cancer Awareness. Here you can find statistics about the states, how to get involved and what you can do for your state to become a Blue Star State.


Dress in Blue day to support Colon Cancer Awareness

The staff at Troy Gastro came together to support a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts: Colon Cancer Awareness. March 6, 2015 marked Dress in Blue day in support of colon cancer survivors, fighters, and those we’ve lost to the disease.

We believe that prevention is the most effective way to treat this prevalent cancer. “When you have colon cancer,” says Dr. Anezi Bakken MD MS, “it can cause no symptoms or signs initially.”

Here’s a look at some of our staff dressed in blue to support Colon Cancer Awareness 2015!

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