The power of fighting colon cancer together

Imagine a crowd of people who want to eliminate colon cancer. They dedicate all their time and energy to it. Many of them are survivors or have been impacted by that.

Imagine this crowd in Bethesda, Maryland, and now you're seeing the basics of the conference I attented last week in Bethesda, Maryland alongside CCPP founder Dr. Whitney Jones.

We spent three days at the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable's (NCCRT) annual conference. This year, the Colon Cancer Prevention Project was invited to attend for the first time, and let me tell you, we are looking forward to returning next year!

We spent those three days learning about Screening Programs in other states, which is information we will use as we start up our own Screening Program here in Louisville, Ky. We also took part in conversations that stressed the importance of getting people talking about colon cancer risks, symptoms and screening before they turn 50. This is a huge issue for us at CCPP, and we loved talking with others who see this as an important message to get out!

I'll follow up this post in the future with more information we gathered at NCCRT, but let me leave you with this tidbit we picked up:

  • Colon cancer is THE leading cause of cancer deaths among non-smokers in the United States, according to the head of the Center for Disease Control.

Let's eliminate this disease!

----Andrea Uhde Shepherd, CCPP Executive Director

Heavy metals linked to colorectal cancer

I saw a press release this week from Frankfort, Ky. that has some interesting insight on a possible cause of colorectal cancer.

In the LRC news release below, it says Dr. Mark Evers, the director of the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky, believes elevated amounts of heavy metals like arsenic and chromium in the water and soil of Appalachia are also believed to play a role in the region's high lung and colorectal cancer rates.

"You can almost map out the counties that have the highest level of arsenic and chromium to those with the highest cancer rates for both lung and colorectal cancer," Evers said in the news release.

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