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Do Fad Diets Equal Poor Nutrition?

Tue, 20 May 2014 15:19:26 +00002014-05-20T15:19:26Z

Although this is a site that focuses on treatment and life with colon cancer, I receive many emails about diets. At a glance -- because I didn't really take a poll or anything -- the biggest concerns revolve around eating meat and different dieting techniques. I think the good news story is that people do care about ways to reduce colon cancer risk through diet. However, I've also learned that many people don't really know what're good, what're bad, and what're considered acceptable dieting methods.

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What Should a Person with Colon Cancer Eat?

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:59:07 +00002014-04-28T13:59:07Z

Upon getting diagnosed with any type of cancer I think it would be handy to buy a set of earmuffs. This way, when Aunt Roberta or cousin Susie want to regale you with what you should and should not be doing, you could pop those earmuffs on and ward off further suggestions. Although the advice is probably given with love, it grates on the nerves when family starts scoffing at your dietary habits because you have cancer.

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Bowel Irregularity Blues

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:34:09 +00002014-04-23T09:34:09Z

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I have a relative who thinks that his bowels should move daily like clockwork. If he has not had a bowel movement in two days, he'll raid the pharmacy for laxatives, softeners, and anything else to help keep his bowels "on track" and avoid constipation. Fact is, most of us are probably not that regular (or obsessive).

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Just Diagnosed and Dealing with It

Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:13:05 +00002014-03-30T19:13:05Z

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Getting diagnosed with any kind of cancer can elicit strong reactions in the most meek of us. You might think of what you would say during that moment, but the fact is, none of us know how we will react until it becomes necessary.

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Drop Your Risk of Colon Cancer

Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:14:53 +00002014-03-30T14:14:53Z

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As the National Colon Cancer Awareness month comes to an end, our conscientiousness about the topic does not need to waver. As the second leading type of cancer, the goal should continue to focus on decreasing people's risk of developing this disease and increasing awareness of the same. If that statement sounds extraordinarily simple it's because it is simple -- although you will not get a guarantee to be cancer-free, you will decrease your risk.

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Free Colorectal Cancer Resources

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:52:45 +00002014-03-25T14:52:45Z

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That's right, I said free as in no charge, gratis, on the house, and complimentary colorectal cancer resources. There are so many mediums for colorectal cancer advocacy, support and education that it would be a shame to not highlight some of them for you.

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African Americans Need Earlier Colon Cancer Screening

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:55:02 +00002014-03-20T09:55:02Z

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It's largely advertised that the typical age to begin colon cancer screening is on your fiftieth birthday. Although it may not be as fun a milestone as turning 16 and driving or turning 21 and drinking, it is an important year. However, if you are an African American you are encouraged to start screening tests by your forty-fifth year.

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March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:28:06 +00002014-02-28T17:28:06Z

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Alright all you survivors, family members, loved ones and care providers -- tomorrow kicks off National Colon Cancer Awareness month. Dig into that closet and find your blue! The dark blue ribbon of awareness serves as a reminder to all that we are working together to stop colon cancer. I'm not a scientist and I don't have the license or skill to perform colonoscopies. My part in this war on cancer is simple: I educate, advocate, and inform. The more people I reach, the more people learn that awareness and screening are the frontline tools against colorectal cancer.

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Vaccines to Treat Cancer?

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:54:06 +00002014-02-28T16:54:06Z

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Wouldn't it be amazing if we had a vaccine to help treat colon cancer? Actually, the National Cancer Institute has a trial in phase one that is studying just that concept. The vaccine in this study is not intended to prevent you from getting cancer or a recurrence, rather it helps your body fight the cancer using the amazing powers of your own immune system. Although the trial is still in very early phases, it's exciting research. The proposed name of this vaccine is AdHER2/Neu dendritic cell vaccine. Neu or dendritic cells are immune system cells -- the vaccine would be personally tailored to each person's immune system, not a mass produced shot.

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Yoga for Your Colon

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:20:33 +00002014-02-27T20:20:33Z

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Yes, there is a specific yoga pose designated to help your colon. Many of the core twisting, compression asanas claim this, but there is a specific pose designated specifically for the large intestine. If you practice Bikram yoga you may be familiar with the wind removing pose, or Pavanmaktasana. This asana is used to release tension in your ascending, transverse, and descending colon.

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