I read somewhere that Essentia’s large colon will be out in the community again. You can walk through it, see various types of colon cancer. Very interesting. I wish I had the pictures of it. I accidentally deleted them.
Breast and prostate screenings have been fired at for over diagnosing patients. Some cancers will never develop into anything, if left untreated.
Men for example will get prostate cancer in their life time, it increases with age. That is not to say that early diagnosis is not important. Testing may well save your life. There is more watchful waiting, though once diagnosed. Right now medical procedures are done whereas the patient may die of a heart attack versus low grade very slow growing prostate cancer. Genetic testing for prostate cancer will be more common place in t he future.
There are many early stage and DCIS (non-aggressive) breast cancers that are being over treated in this country. If we look at other counties, they don’t treat every type of breast cancer. The problem in our country is using the screenings tests for aggressive types of breast cancer, knowing the causes of the aggressive kinds, and of course more research being done on aggressive cancers.
I didn’t know that people with diabetes or pre-diabetes have too much insulin that stimulates growth of polyps in the colon. Should diabetic people be tested more often if they have a pholph problem? It makes you wonder.
Colon cancer is the third leading cause of caner deaths in the United States. Actually 50,000 deaths are expected in 2014 from this disease, and there are more than 136,000 new colon cases.
Colon cancer rates have been cut in half over the last 35 years, so that is good news.
The Affordable Care Act requires all insurance polices to begin colon cancer screenings with no out of the pocket costs for Medicare.
Colon cancer can be hereditary as can prostate cancer. African Americans have 25% higher risk for colon cancer than white Americans. There is a 50% higher risk for colon cancer in Asian Americans due to genetics and economic factors. Know here I would not of thought that Asian Americans who eat so healthy would not this problem.
Starting at age 50 you should have colon cancer screening. If you have a family history, younger. (I remember meeting young adults who had had it in their 20’s ‘s and 30’s at a training workshop.)
Why do some people get colon cancer? Lack of physical exercise, obesity, diabetes , and/or genetics.