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The Urban-Rural Divide in Colorectal Cancer Screening

Image source: anarosadebastiani (Pixaby)  Colorectal cancer and breast cancer screening programs, when implemented properly, have led to significant reduction in death. However, screening uptake varies greatly across the U.S. Rural communities, specifically in Appalachia, the Mississippi delta, frontier lands, and prairie lands face issues with access that are accentuated by poor health behaviors. A 2021 […]

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mt-sDNA is More Cost-Effective than FIT or FOBT for Colorectal Cancer Screening

A study published in the Journal of Medical Economics simulating a cohort of one million Medicare patients—US adults aged 65 years and older—with average risk of colorectal cancer, investigated the cost-effectiveness of non-invasive fecal tests (fecal immunochemical test (FIT), fecal occult blood test (FOBT), and multi target stool DNA test (mt-sDNA)). The researchers used the […]

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mRNA-Based Vaccine to Treat Colorectal Cancer and Prevent Relapse May Be Here Soon

Immunotherapy aids your immune system to fight off cancer. There are five types of immunotherapy: treatment vaccines, immune checkpoint inhibitors, T-cell transfer therapy, monoclonal antibodies, and immune system modulators. While there have been no treatment vaccines approved for colorectal cancer (CRC) yet, BioNTech’s mRNA-based treatment vaccine has recently reached phase 2 clinical trials for CRC. […]

Hospice Versus Palliative Care: Is There a Difference?

The month of November is designated as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. While the terms are often used interchangeably, it is important for patients and their caregivers to understand the difference and realize the value of these services in the care journey. Palliative care is offered to those suffering from serious illnesses such as […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic Altered Patient Attitudes Towards At-Home CRC Screening

At the American College of Surgeons, Clinical Congress 2021, in October, 2021, Kristine Kenning, MD, chief general surgery resident at Virginia Commonwealth University, presented results from a survey among 765 age-eligible (50 and older) adults for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. Her team found that about 30% of those who participated on the survey had completed […]

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The Colon Cancer Foundation Launches the 3000 Squats in November Facebook Challenge

The Colon Cancer Foundation (CCF)’s 3000 Squats in November Facebook challenge kicked off on November 1st, 2021. The month-long squat challenge is the first time we have created  a fitness-focused Facebook fundraiser since the launch of the Colon Cancer Challenge 17 years ago.  All of CCF’s previous fundraising challenges have been associated with running—whether it […]