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Movember and colon cancer

Posted Nov 21 2011 8:00pm
IT'S MOVEMBER!!!



During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

The Movember Effect: Awareness & Education, Survivorship, Research
The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Big steps have been taken towards changing attitudes and habits relating to men’s health around the world, but there is still much to be done to catch up with the women’s health movement. Via the moustache, Movember aims to fulfill its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health issues each year.

Karel is part of a team raising money for men's health. In honor of anyone that you know who has been affected by cancer (or a disease/illness), it would be so kind of you to DONATE HERE . Karel has raised over $230 and with only 8 days to go, it would be great if you could help him get to $300!! Regardless if you donate $100, $20 or $5, you will feel great after you donate, knowing that you have truely made a difference in a global movement helping to change the face of men's health.

Thank you for your donation!

I read a great article in the December 2011 issue of Consumer Reports on Health (Volume 23, number 12). The article was titled "Stopping a treatable cancer".

Did you know that colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S. for BOTH men and women (lung cancer is the first)??

In a May 2010 Survey in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, people in the survey said that they avoided colorectal cancer screening because they considered it "too embarrassing" or feared the results. In 2011, about 141,000 people in the U.S. will be given a diagnosis of colorectal cancer, and the disease will cause 49,00 deaths.

It is important that you ask your doctor if you should be tested. Routine checks for early signs should begin at age 50 for most people, or earlier for those with a family history of the disease or who have other risk factors.

On pg 5 of the newsletter, Consumer Reports suggests the following (in addition to screening tests that may find incipient colorectal tumors) diet and lifestyle changes that could eliminate up to 40% of colorectal cancer
1. Eat less red meat: During digestion, red and processed meats form carcinogenic chemicals. The colorectal cancer risk was 22% greater among people who ate 5 ounces of red and processed meat a day compared with those who ate less than an ounce a day, according to a 2011 meta-analysis combining results of 21 studies.

2. Eat more veggies, fruit and fiber: A recent study using data from the U.S. Polyp Prevention Trial looked at the impact of diet on 1,900 people with a history of precancerous polyps. Those who met goals for cutting fat and consumed at least 18 grams of fiber and 3.5 servings of fruit and vegetables per 1,000 calories each day were 35% less likely to develop new polyps during the study.

3. Exercise: Sedentary people are about twice as likely to develop colorectal cancer as highly active exercisers. Aim for at least 30 min a day of moderately intense exercise.

4. Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight increases the risk of colorectal cancer no matter how active you are. Excess abdominal fat (indicated by a waist size that exceeds 35" for women and 40" for men) could be a more important risk factors than overall body weight.

5. Don't rely too much on drugs or supplements: Some, such as aspirin and related NSAIDs, calcium supplements, and for women, postmenopausal hormone therapy, might lower risk, evidence shows. But all pose additional health risks, and there's not enough proof of their effectiveness and safety to recommend routine use to prevent colon cancer.

6. Limit alcohol: people who average 2-4 drinks a day have a 23% higher risk than those averaging less than 1 drink a day.

7. Don't smoke: researchers have enough evidence to conclude definitively that smoking tobacco contributes to colorectal cancer. And women appear to be more susceptible to precancerous polyps from smoking than men, according to a study published online in July 2011 in the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences.



Karel shared this video with me and I thought you all would like it ...enjoy!



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