colon cancer

Colon Cancer: Prevention

About 136,830 people are diagnosed with colon cancer every year. There’s no telling if you will end up getting cancer but fortunately, there are measures we can take to help prevent colon cancer from happening in our own bodies.

  • Screenings – One of the most important steps to take in colon cancer prevention is getting screenings. During a screening, doctors are looking for cancer or pre-cancer (polyps) in people who often don’t have symptoms of the disease. When polyps are found they are removed, leaving them no chance to develop into cancer.
  • Healthy lifestyle – Being overweight, especially in the belly area, increases the risk of colon cancer. Keep your weight down by doing vigorous exercise and eating a healthy diet. Vigorous exercise reduces polyp formation more than moderate activity. Eating red meats have been linked to colon cancer, keep your consumption of them down while increasing your consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Avoid alcohol and smoking, these have both been linked to colon cancer.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – Studies show that people who take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs= ibuprofen, naproxen) regularly have a lower risk of colon cancer and polyps. Be aware that aspirin and NSAIDs can cause serious side effects such as bleeding from stomach irritation. Because of this, don’t take NSAIDs just to lower your colon cancer risk unless instructed by your doctor.
  • Hormone replacement therapy for women – Hormone replacement therapy is when a women takes estrogen and progesterone after going through menopause. Doing so may reduce a woman’s risk of developing colon cancer. Before starting hormone replacement therapy speak with your doctor about the pros and cons.

To find out more information about colon cancer and how to prevent it visit cancer.org .

 

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Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer: Signs and Symptoms

It was a gloomy day in June of 2013. I had just pulled up to drop my sister off at her apartment when our mom called. Usually, my mom is cheerful and happy but this time we were greeted by a somber, more serious version of our mom. Immediately my thoughts ran wild. Had someone in my family been hurt? Had our home caught on fire? And then she said it, “I have cancer.” I had never expected to hear those words come from one of my own family members. My heart immediately broke as I thought about my sisters and I possibly losing our mom and my dad losing his wife. Life could never be the same without her. After hanging up with my mom both my sister and I sat in my car and just cried. It’s safe to say that was the worst day of my life.

My mom had been diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer. Very soon after her diagnosis, she underwent surgery to remove the portion (9 inches) of her colon that was infected with cancer. What started out as a simple laparoscopic surgery turned into a complicated open surgery. They had found that the cancer had perforated the wall of her colon, causing bacteria to leak and lesions to form. Along with that, her intestines had stuck together. Biopsies of the area, lesions, lymph nodes and anything else questionable were done because the doctors were afraid that the cancer may had spread throughout her body.  After the surgery was over we were informed that my mom would need to have chemotherapy treatments.

Flash forward to 2016, my mom is healthy and well. She never ended up needing chemotherapy and so far, the cancer hasn’t returned. My mom is a survivor. Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky. According to the American Cancer Society “colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death.” About 136,830 people are diagnosed with colon cancer per year and 50,310 people will die from the disease.

Cancer is known as the silent killer. Colon cancer is no exception. Because it shows little to no early signs it often goes unnoticed. Here is a list of signs and symptoms you can look out for that may mean you have colon cancer:

  • A change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation, that lasts longer than four weeks.
  • Blood in your stool
  • Abdominal discomfort (cramps, gas, pain, etc.) that is persistent
  • Feeling like your bowel doesn’t completely empty
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss

Don’t let this awful disease sneak up on you like it did to my mom. Be aware of your body and if something isn’t normal, get it checked out. Get your regular screenings. Don’t let cancer bring you down.

SCREENING LOCATIONS:

Madison Memorial Hospital

450 E Main St, Rexburg, ID 83440

(208) 359-6900

Madison Surgery Center

381 E 4th N #200, Rexburg, ID 83440

(208) 359-9888

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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wellness-weekend

3rd Annual Community Wellness Weekend

Are you ready for our communities biggest health and wellness event of the year?! Join us for our 3rd Annual Community Wellness Weekend!

DAY 1 – HEALTH AND WELLNESS VENDOR FAIR
Friday, April 29 from Noon-7pm

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With more than 70 vendors in attendance, our goal is for you to leave feeling more informed about your health and have all of the local resources at your fingertips.


Highlights of Vendor Fair-
-FREE to PUBLIC, No entrance fee!
-Refreshments for all
-$1000’s in door prizes, including a grand prize!
-FREE screenings
-Prescription Drop Box
-Health and Wellness Information for ALL AGES


DAY 2- WELLNESS FOR WOMEN
April 30, 8:00-1:30

wellness fair

 A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served, please be sure to reserve your spot: http://healthfair.madisonmemorial.org/womens-registration/

This event is for ladies of ALL AGES and like the vendor fair, is FREE! Bring your neighbors, daughters, grandmas and aunts to this informational, motivational health event.

TOPICS and SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE:
COMING SOON

*This community event is hosted and sponsored by Madison School District #321 and Madison Memorial Hospital.

 

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