Colorectal cancer, one of the most deadliest cancers in the United States, affects a variety of ages. This September, honor Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by learning more about early age onset cancer and how it affects those around you.
What Is Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer?
Early age onset cancer happens when anyone under 50-years-old develops colorectal cancer, including children. Even though diagnoses over the age of 50-years-old are decreasing, those under 50-years-old are seeing higher diagnosis rates. While it is rare for children to get this deadly cancer, it can occur based on genetics and/or lifestyle choices.
Can Children Get Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer?
According to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, less than 100 children in the United States will develop colon carcinoma this year. While colorectal cancer may be rare in children, it is still possible and genetic screening can help your loved ones catch the cancer earlier. Learn more about early age onset cancer on our blog.
What Can I Do to Support Those With Childhood Cancer?
You can support those with childhood colorectal cancer in many ways. Getting involved with the Colon Cancer Foundation is an easy way to provide support for those with colorectal cancer. We have opportunities for everyone regardless of your income level or time commitment. Learn how to get involved today on our blog.
When it comes to colorectal cancer, various factors affect your risk for developing this deadly disease, including your ethnicity. African Americans are more likely to develop colorectal cancer at a younger age than Caucasian or Hispanics.
Why are African Americans More Likely to Develop Colorectal Cancer?
Multiple factors affect one’s likelihood of developing colorectal cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, African Americans are more likely to have a predisposition to colorectal cancer due to genetic makeup. Mutations in the KRAS gene, which affect a cell’s ability to repair errors in DNA replication, are more abundant in African Americans.
Are African-Americans Less Likely to Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer?
African Americans are less likely to get screened for colorectal cancer, which is attributed to an increase in colorectal cancer mortality rates. According to recent research, medical mistrust may contribute to a decrease in screenings for African Americans.
How Can I Convince My Friends to Get Screened?
Ask your friends if they are abiding by the recommended screening guidelines. The American Cancer Society recommends starting screenings at 45-year-old for those with normal risk. Learn more about colorectal cancer screenings and get tested today.
Did you catch our recap on the Fifth Annual Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Summit? We are excited to share video footage from our groundbreaking conference on preventing colorectal cancer. If you were unable to attend, please watch these short recaps on various sessions throughout the summit.
In session six, Sarah DeBord, a patient, discusses building her own cancer support system and her familiarity with palliative care, including lobbying for more support. She uses a specific analogy of an onion to describe the layers of care that a patient requires.
Cancer Susceptibility Gene Mutations in Individuals
Dr. Matthew B. Yurgelun shared the shift in mentality in how physicians look at hereditary colorectal cancer. Dr. Yurgelun shares how next-generation sequencing technologies allow for rapid assessment of genes in a way that is deeper than researchers could understand in the past.
Framing the Conversation
One of our favorite, but most heartbreaking, moments of the conference included various attendees sharing their personal stories with colorectal cancer. These stories show the importance of getting tested and staying educated on the dangers of colon cancer.
If your birthday is coming up, consider creating a Facebook Fundraiser for the Colon Cancer Foundation for your birthday. It’s a quick and simple way to show your support for survivors and patients of one of cancer’s deadliest diseases. Learn more with these quick steps:
Step 1: Visit Facebook Fundraisers
Visit Facebook Fundraisers to start the process of setting up a fundraiser.
Step 2: Find the Colon Cancer Foundation
Type in Colon Cancer Foundation when prompted to find a nonprofit. Since we are a US 501(c)(3), your donations will be tax-deductible. However, we encourage reaching out to a tax professional if you have more questions.
Step 3: Decide how much you would like to raise for your fundraiser.
No matter what amount you decide, all money will go directly to the Colon Cancer Foundation. Facebook does not charge fees for donations made to nonprofits. Any money that is donated will help support our mission to support colorectal cancer survivors and patients while also supporting innovative research to fight this deadly disease.
Step 4: Encourage your friends to donate!
Friends may choose to donate publically or privately. However, they may need encouragement from you. Make sure to share status updates and tell your friends why the fundraiser is important to you.
The CCF is fortunate to have raised over $100,000 this year in Facebook Fundraisers! Small actions together can make great change, so start a fundraiser today to help support the CCF. Every penny helps when it comes to eradicating colorectal cancer and we can’t do it without you.
Palliative Care is a trending topic in many cancer circles right now and is making headway as general medical care for those with colorectal or colon cancer. Palliative care is a specific treatment for those suffering from severe illness with the hopes of providing relief from symptoms. While palliative care is still becoming mainstream for those who are suffering from colorectal cancer, many patients who are struggling with the disease are finding relief that is aiding their fight against cancer.
How was Palliative Care Created?
According to the Center for Palliative Care at the Harvard Medical School, palliative care started in the United Kingdom in the 1960s. Medical professionals aimed to ease the pain and suffering of terminal cancer patients who had run out of options. The field developed, however, to treat those with non-terminal illnesses to relieve the suffering of any patient, regardless of disease.
How Does Palliative Care Help Colorectal Cancer Patients?
Many colorectal cancer patients face day-to-day issues that stem from not only their cancer but necessary treatment to eradicate the disease as well. Palliative care can treat symptoms from colorectal cancer, such as discomfort in bowel impactions or issues in the large intestine. Blockages can irritate the body and require surgery, but palliative care can change a patient’s quality of life to prevent discomfort.
Where Can I Get More Information About Palliative Care?
If you want to learn more about palliative care, contact your family physician doctor to discuss treatment options. Improving the quality of life for colorectal cancer patients is essential to aide their fight against the deadly disease. Our Fifth Annual Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Summit discussed the latest trends and innovations regarding palliative care last May. The Colon Cancer Foundation is proud to support physicians and researchers who are actively tackling palliative care and other vital topics that affect those with colorectal cancer.
For more information on palliative care, please reach out to us at email@example.com or (914) 305-6674.
We are proud to announce our Fifth Annual Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Summit was a success in bringing together the nation’s experts on early age onset colorectal cancer last month. The event, held at The Times Center in New York City, focused on performing a knowledge GAP analysis and building a strategic “action plan” to reduce early age onset colorectal cancer incidence & mortality.
At the summit, leading clinicians, scientists and early age onset colorectal cancer survivors shared their experience with colorectal cancer treatment. Lectures, workshops and panel discussions provided innovative approaches to palliative care and featured world-renowned speakers from leading academic medical centers. Popular sessions ranged from “Identifying the Key Elements of a Center for Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer – Panel Discussion” to “Cancer Susceptibility Gene Mutations in Individuals with Colorectal Cancer.”
One of this year’s highlights included a “Research in Progress” segment, where participants learned about NCI funded and planned early age onset colorectal research projects from across the world. Participants learned more about recent research and evidence-based framework for reducing risk in those susceptible to early age onset colorectal cancer.
Our poster presentation at the fifth annual summit showcased research or programs that have the potential to impact how we treat early age onset colorectal cancer. “Does the Impact of Tumor Sideedness Differ for Young-Onset Vs. Later-Onset Colorectal Cancer” by Lucas D. Lee, MD, at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas received first place for the abstract awards. For a complete list of abstracts, please read more in the Fifth Annual Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Summit agenda.
DOES THE IMPACT OF TUMOR SIDEDNESS DIFFER FOR YOUNG-ONSET VS. LATER-ONSET COLORECTAL CANCER?
Lucas D. Lee, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
THE PSYCHOSOCIAL AND FINANCIAL BURDEN ON CAREGIVERS OF YOUNG-ONSET COLORECTAL CANCER PATIENTS
Kimberley Newcomer, BS, CPPN Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Washington, DC
CLINICOPATHOLOGICAL, FAMILIAL, AND MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION OF RECTAL CANCER WITHIN EARLY- ONSET COLORECTAL CANCER
José Perea, MD, PhD
Fundación Jiménez Díaz University Hospital and Health Research Institute, Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer-UAM Observatory, Madrid, Spain
Thank you to all of our sponsors who made the event possible. If you are interested in sponsoring any Colorectal Cancer Foundation events in the future, please contact us at 914.305.6675 to learn more.
What are you getting your dad this year for Father’s Day? One way to show him you care is by bringing up the statistics about colorectal cancer and making sure he knows about regular screenings. While a discussion about colorectal cancer may not be at the top of his list, show dad you love and care about him this Father’s Day by reminding him about getting screened.
The lifetime risk for colorectal cancer in men is 1 in 22, according to the American Cancer Society. Why are men more likely to get colorectal cancer than women? One theory, according to the American Cancer Society, is that men are more likely to develop colorectal cancer than women mostly due to lifestyle choices, such as cigarette smoking.
While men can’t change that they are more likely to develop colorectal cancer, there are numerous lifestyle choices they can make to decrease their risk of developing the deadly disease. Your dad can work to control his weight, physical activity and diet to decrease his odds of getting colorectal cancer.
The best thing, however, is to abide by the American Cancer Society’s recommended screening guidelines. If your dad has an average risk of developing colorectal cancer, he should get screened starting at 45-years-old. If your family has a family history of colon cancer or higher risk, the screening guidelines will vary. Talk to your primary care physician for more information.
While colon cancer can be a scary topic to talk about, it’s important to have conversations with your family about the disease. Make sure to have a discussion with dad this Father’s Day about what everyone can do to protect your butt against colorectal cancer. Encourage him to talk to his family care physician about colorectal cancer and the steps he can take to decrease his risk.
On the first Sunday in June, we celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day to honor those that have fought cancer and won. Colorectal cancer, which is one of the United States’ deadliest diseases, is expected to kill 51,020 people during 2019, according to the American Cancer Society. Colorectal cancer continues to claim the lives of many Americans and affect families worldwide. However, we can work together to honor past survivors and fight to decrease fatalities rates for those that will get colon cancer in the future.
What is National Cancer Survivors Day?
National Cancer Survivors Day was created to honor those that had fought cancer and won. We all know the havoc that cancer can wreak on one’s family and loved ones. Anyone who has a history of cancer is considered a cancer survivor, so chances are there is someone in your life that has survived cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates there are more than 1 million colorectal cancer survivors in the United States right now. The 1 million survivors and their families were affected by the second deadliest cancer, and many continue to cope with lasting effects from colorectal cancer. By honoring these survivors, we can show support and continue to fight to find a cure.
How Can I Participate in National Cancer Survivors Day?
You can get involved with National Cancer Survivors Day by attending a local event near your home. Check with your local cancer treatment facility, hospital, or American Cancer Society office to discover an even in your area. If there is not a local event already planned, consider hosting your own. The National Cancer Survivors website has resources ranging from theme ideas to sponsorship help to assist your event planning. You can also volunteer with the Colon Cancer Foundation to help us fight this deadly disease. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (914) 305-6674.
Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second deadliest cancer in the United States. While the cancer often affected those over 50-years-old in the past, colon cancer is increasing in young adults at an alarming rate. Learn more about why early-onset colon cancer is on the rise for those under the age of 50 and what you can do to combat the deadly cancer.
How Many People Will Develop Colon Cancer in 2019?
According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 145,600 new cases of colon cancer this year. Fifty-one thousand and twenty deaths are predicted to happen due to this disease. Young adults will contribute to these numbers, despite decreasing rates of colon cancer in those over 50-years-old.
What Factors Have Lead to an Increase in Colon Cancer in Adults?
One of the most significant factors in colon cancer increasing in young adults is the lack of screening. Until recently, the American Cancer Society recommended that standard screening starts at 50-years-old if you do not have a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors. However, they changed their screening recommendations to start at 45-years-old to accommodate for the higher risk of colon cancer in young adults.
One of the significant concerns with early-onset colon cancer is the amount of time between the diagnoses and treatment; this can often lead to a higher fatality rate for those that do not discover they have the deadly disease. If you have any questions or concerns about colorectal cancer screenings, reach out to your primary doctor.
What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk?
If you are worried about colon cancer, learn more about early-onset colon cancer. Convince your loved ones to get screened at 45-years-old if they are at average risk and earlier if they have a family history of colon cancer.
The Colon Cancer Foundation (CCF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to a World Without Colorectal Cancer through awareness, prevention, screening, and research.