March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Did you know that it is the third most common cancer in the United States, and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths? Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, affects men and women equally and is usually found in people ages 50 years or older. With the right precautions, colorectal cancer is preventable and can be detected early with regular screenings.
Since 90 percent of new cases occur in people ages 50 or older, it is recommended for men and woman to begin getting screened at that age. Survival rate for individuals who have early stage colorectal cancer is 90 percent but only 10 percent when diagnosed after it’s spread to other organs. Colonoscopies and other screenings help detect abnormalities and can save lives.
Remember, colon cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable in most cases. Screening and early detection is key!
To schedule your screening for colorectal cancer, call NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900.
To show your support and help raise awareness for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, join us in wearing blue this Friday, March 7.
For the past couple of years, Mercy Health Foundation has been working to bring quality cancer care and support services close to home through its mercyStrong campaign. During the campaign’s quiet phase, generous donors helped Mercy Medical Center complete a much-needed technology update that includes a new TrueBeam linear accelerator for radiation treatment and a wide bore CT scanner simulator in the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center.
The Mercy Health Foundation is now kicking off its “to be continued” public fundraising campaign and is inviting the community to help raise the remaining $271,000 needed to reach its charitable goal of $1.7 million. Continue Reading »
As a nurse navigator for breast cancer patients, I connect with individuals just minutes after they are diagnosed. This is an emotional time and often I get asked, “What do I do now?”
Below are three suggestions I make to patients after they have been told they have breast cancer:
A lot of the time women turn to the World Wide Web for answers to their cancer questions. Yes, the Internet is a fast and convenient resource for information, but unfortunately, not everything online is reliable.
I encourage families to make a list of their concerns and questions to take to their Care Team. Having questions ready to ask will help your team provide you with the information you need to feel secure in your treatment options.
Try not to compare breast cancer treatments with other breast cancer survivors. There are more than 15 different types of breast cancer, and each case may be treated differently. Hearing other peoples’ stories of cancer can just create more fear and confusion. Continue Reading »
At Affinity Health System, October is lining up to be a great opportunity to support breast cancer awareness month. From events to fundraisers, we’ve got it all.
Our challenge for you is to tell the women in your life to be proactive about their health. Remind them to get their annual mammogram. If they are too young to get a mammogram, then encourage them to have an annual checkup. We can’t stress the importance of women’s health enough. So link a pinky and make a promise to all of the women in your life to keep up on their health. Here are some ways to do exactly that! Continue Reading »
Are you or someone you know currently in cancer treatment, recently finished treatment or a long-term survivor and need a place to find friendship, encouragement and help for mind, body and spirit? Mercy Medical Center’s PEACE exercise and relaxation program serves people in all stages of their journey with cancer.
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