Researchers at the University of Michigan this week found that recommendation guidelines for colon cancer screenings may be contributing to both overuse of screening in patients in poor health and underuse of screening in patients in good health.
Physicians begin recommending colon cancer screening for average risk patients starting at age 50, and most insurers use quality measures that encourage 50- to 75-year olds to get screened. However, the results of a recent study indicate that it may be beneficial to include benefit to the patient as part of these quality measures instead of age alone.
As part of a global campaign to raise awareness of rare diseases, the folks at Rare Disease Day designate the last day in February (this Friday) each year to hold events and activities to engage and educate communities all around the world on rare diseases.
Aspirin's role in cancer prevention and treatment has long been a popular topic of medical studies.
Most recently, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed women who take a small dose of aspirin had up to 20% decreased risk of developing ovarian cancer, again reigniting the discussion around aspirin's cancer-fighting potential.
February's Hero of the Month is Anita Mitchell, a stage IV colon cancer survivor, the founder of Dress in Blue Day (which is coming up on March 7th) and longtime advocate for several colon cancer organizations. Anita was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
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First we wanted to show that yes, you can get colon cancer as a young adult. Too often, young people ignore the warning signs of colon cancer because they don't think they'll be affected until much later in life. By the time they do get diagnosed, oftentimes it's too late.
Secondly, we're aiming to show just how important it is to start getting screened regularly starting at age 50. While young people can and do get colon cancer, many, many more people who are 50+ do so.