In the News

“Aging adults must focus on colorectal cancer risk,” Medford Mail Tribune, March 17, 2013

A few years ago, I wrote a column about the importance of getting enough fiber in your diet. I included the benefits of doing so, citing relevant research. I mentioned “constipation” as something to be avoided and appropriate fiber intake as one of the avenues to doing so.

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“Spotlight on your Health: Colon Cancer Screen,”  KPIC.com, March 7, 2013

March is colorectal cancer screening month. Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer, but is highly preventable.

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“New year brings health resolutions,” East Oregonian, Jan. 1, 2012.

Anyone looking to take better care of themselves can find encouragement and resources, said Janet Jones, Umatilla County Health Department Community Health Educator. Jones said getting screened for cancer, drinking less alcohol and quitting smoking are important goals…It’s also a good time of year to nudge friends and family to get screened for diseases like colon cancer, she said.

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“Colorectal cancer campaign arrives in Umatilla County,” Hermiston Herald, Nov. 29, 2011

Campaign coalition member Juli Gregory from Good Shepherd Hospital discusses how people often don’t talk about colorectal cancer but they should. Research shows that people are most likely to get screened if they’re encouraged by someone they know and trust. So, if you’ve been screened, share your story!

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“Screening tests can help prevent cancer,” East Oregonian, Nov. 21, 2011

As a former nurse, I’m always interested to listen to conversations at work and around town about people’e health. I’m often amazed at the interesting details of a visit to a health clinic or hospital that people will share with friends and acquaintances. One thing I don’t hear much is people talking about their colons, which is too bad.”

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“Colon screening? Tell a friend,” Oregonian, Nov. 16, 2011.

Unlike most cancer screenings, tests for colorectal cancer can detect tumors before they even develop. That’s because most cases start as noncancerous polyps in the lining of the large intestine. Detecting and removing polyps prevents them from becoming malignant tumors. But only 59 percent of the Oregon residents who should be screened actually are.

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“Saved by a screen,” East Oregonian, Nov. 10, 2011.

Bryan Wolfe leaned forward in his chair and focused on the microphone a foot from his nose.

Wolfe, a farmer in faded jeans and scuffed boots, had abandoned his cornfields to drive to the radio station and record a public service announcement about colorectal cancer. When KOHU announcer Jeff Walker signaled, Wolfe started speaking. “This is Bryan Wolfe of Hermiston, Oregon,” he said, his voice flowing deep. “Getting screened saved my life.”

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“Reversing Oregon’s low rate of screening for colon cancer,” Oregonlive.com, Nov. 9, 2011.

Unlike most cancer screenings, tests for colorectal cancer can detect tumors before they even develop. That’s because most cases start as noncancerous polyps in the lining of the large intestine. Detecting and removing polyps prevents them from becoming malignant tumors.

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Your Stories

Colorectal cancer is virtually completely preventable if screenings and, if necessary, treatment is done early enough.  Why wouldn’t you avoid the possibility of having to deal with the trauma of cancer by having the screening. The alternative is so much worse.  This is one thing that I can do to prevent me from getting colorectal cancer.  It is a no brainer to make the decision to have the screening done. In my case the doctor found and removed a polyp and I will be going back for a screening 5 years from the procedure instead of the usual 10.

Ken, Dallas Resident


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