Our new intern: "This is a great opportunity for me to give back"

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My name is Chris Chastain, and I am the new intern, happy to join the team at the Colon Cancer Prevention Project. I am a senior at Bellarmine University and will be graduating in May with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a minor in Communications. Raised in southern Indiana, I enjoy following Indiana sports teams. In my spare time, I like to play golf and spend time taking in the outdoors. I am looking forward to graduating and starting a career. 

I am particularly excited to begin working as an intern due to my connection to the cause. My mother was diagnosed with colon, liver and breast cancer in late 2005. After chemo, radiation, and prayers, she joined the ranks of cancer survivors and has recently hit her 5 year mark of being cancer free. My family is very grateful for my mother's health and happiness. We appreciate all of the doctors and organizations who helped her and our family through this very difficult time. I think raising awareness for cancer is a crucial part of preventing other families from going through what my family has experienced. This is a great opportunity for me to give back and learn about the dynamics of a great organization doing great things in the community.

Study: Too few people being screened for colon cancer

Web MD reports this:

"Colorectal cancer screening rates are much lower (than breast and cervical cancer screening rates), although more people than ever are being screened.

In 2010, about 59% of eligible men and women had colonoscopies or another colorectal cancer screening test -- well below the 70% target screening rate for both sexes."

See the full story here.

In Kentucky, we've seen screening rates more than double, but we still have a long way to go. Be sure to get screened, and tell others to do the same!

Current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) cancer screening recommendations for people at average risk include:

  • Breast cancer: Women aged 50 to 74 should be screened with a mammogram at least every two years. The decision to start screening before age 50 is an individual one and the patient's values regarding specific benefits and harms should be taken into account.
  • Cervical cancer: Women who have been sexually active for three years, or are aged 21 through 65 and have not had their cervix removed during a hysterectomy, should be screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test at least every three years.
  • Colorectal cancer: Men and women with an average risk for the cancer should be screened routinely at ages 50 through 75 with either colonoscopy testing at least every 10 years, sigmoidoscopy every five years combined with ecal occult blood testing (FOBT) every three years, or yearly fecal occult blood testing.
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