March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Screening and Early Detection Key to Effective Treatment
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute sends the reminder that colorectal cancer is preventable and treatable - and often curable - when detected early. In fact, studies have shown that patients treated by colorectal surgeons - experts in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of colon and rectal problems—are more likely to survive colorectal cancer and experience fewer complications.
Beginning at age 50, women and men who are at average risk should be screened, with the type of screening test determined in conjunction with your health care provider. For individuals at higher risk, screenings should begin earlier than age 50. Find out if you are at risk here. Current screening methods include:
Research suggests that a high-fiber, low-fat diet plays a role in prevention. A good rule of thumb is that the average adult should consume at least 25-35 grams of fiber daily. This amount can be obtained by eating five half-cup servings of fruits and vegetables every day. For adults, adding a soluble fiber supplement is an easy and practical way to obtain the recommended daily intake of fiber.
Resources for You
- Click here to find out how to lower your risk or if you are at risk.
- Learn more about our colorectal cancer team here.
- Watch a video interview with colorectal surgeon David B. Stewart, M.D.
- Click here for more videos featuring colorectal cancer survivors and other members of our colon and rectal cancer team.
Raymond J. Hohl, M.D., Ph.D., joins Cancer Institute as new director
Raymond J. Hohl, M.D., Ph.D., recently accepted an appointment as director of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. Howl comes to Penn State Hershey from the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Iowa, where he held the Holden Family Chair/associate chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, as well as associate director for clinical and translational research. At Penn State, he will hold academic appointments as professor in the departments of Medicine and Pharmacology. Learn more here.
Bladder Cancer Support Group - March 15
The Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute's Bladder Cancer Support Group meeting on Saturday, March 15 will focus on cancer and nutrition, and will highlight various food safety and quality topics such as superfoods as a solution to health problems, organic produce, and household products to avoid. Speakers will include Holly Doan, GIANT Food Stores in-store dietitian, and Terry Lupia, bladder cancer survivor. The support group is open to all cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, and anyone else who is interested. The session will be held at Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, Room T2500. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.; meeting begins at 10 a.m. Light refreshments provided. For more information or to register in advance, call 717-531-0003, ext. 285863.
Liver Cancer - a matter of facts
About 75,000 men and women will face a diagnosis of liver cancer in the United States this year. When detected early, there is greater chance of successful treatment. On March 27, liver cancer specialists from Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute are teaming up with abc27 to discuss risk factors, diagnosis, the latest treatments, prevention, and research during a live program airing at 7:30 p.m. Call and talk one-on-one with the doctors in the abc27 call center. Submit your questions online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer Institute Joins Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium
In athletics, the Big Ten universities compete against each other, but now many will join together against a common foe - cancer. The Cancer Institute is uniting with university cancer centers to form a powerful collaboration -the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium--designed to transform cancer research through collaborative oncology trials that leverage the scientific and clinical expertise of the Big Ten universities. The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium creates a unique team-research culture in which cancer leaders will collaborate with and mentor the research leaders of tomorrow with the goal of improving the lives of all cancer patients. Click here to learn more about how the consortium will help to turn ideas into potential new treatments.
Look Good… Feel Better
Look Good…Feel Better helps female cancer patients improve their appearance and self-image by teaching them hands-on beauty techniques to manage the appearance of side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This program is available throughout the year at Penn State Hershey. dates, locations and times vary. Registration is required. View the full schedule here. To register, call 1-800-227-2345.
Free Wig Program
Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute is a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society's Free Wig Salon program located in Infusion Therapy - first floor to help patients undergoing cancer treatments and experiencing hair loss. Those who may be looking for a wig can visit the private Wig Room where a licensed cosmetologist provides personal assistance in wig selection, fitting, styling, and wearing at no charge. All fittings in the Cancer Institute Wig Room are by appointment only. Click here for more information about the Wig Room, including how to schedule an appointment.
Volunteers are needed for Vitamin D Metabolism Study A Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute research team led by Robin Taylor Wilson, Ph.D. is seeking healthy, African-American and European-American volunteers ages 18 to 30 to participate. Learn more about the purpose of this study and access the screening questionnaire.
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