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“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

I was advised to get screened for colorectal cancer when I turned 50 by my doctor. I told him I wanted to wait a while and decided to put it off until he asked me to do it again. Finally, after turning 55 and much prompting from my friend, I mentioned it to my doctor and he told me it was a smart thing to get done and he couldn’t believe I hadn’t done it already!

The experience turned out to be quite nice and the environment was very comfortable and inviting. This is such an easy procedure; it was as if I took a nap and woke up and it was over.

I can understand the hesitation to get screened, but it’s worth it and necessary in order for people to take preventive measures, as I did have a pre-cancer polyp. After a certain age, good health comes from being proactive.

I encourage others to talk to their doctor about their options and then share your experience with friends and family.

 Jenny Kluver – Roseburg


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