Every year, nearly 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer. Nearly a third will die from the disease, since its symptoms often don’t present until it’s too late.
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Through screening, colon cancer is one of the most preventable diseases.
“The goal of colon cancer screening is really two-fold,” said George Dittrick, MD, surgical oncologist at the Surgical Oncology Clinic at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. “To detect colorectal cancers at very early stages, where we know survival is excellent and also to identify pre-cancerous polyps with the goal of preventing cancer entirely.”
Screening has the potential to prevent colorectal cancer because most colorectal cancers develop from adenomatous polyps – noncancerous growths in the colon and rectum. Though most polyps will not become cancerous, detecting and removing them through screening can actually prevent cancer from occurring.
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Kristi Cornish walked down the runway with a bounce in her step and a huge smile on her face. The battle she was fighting on the inside was only evident when she got to the end of the catwalk. She slyly looked at the crowd, and tore the wig from the top of her thinly-haired head.
This cancer survivor had nothing to hide.
Cornish was one of more than 80 survivors who took the stage during the Cancer Survivor Style Show at the Omar Bakery Building March 5th as part of Omaha Fashion Week 2014. The room thundered and roared as hundreds of family members, friends and supporters cheered for each survivor as they took to the runway. Cornish’s brave, spur-of-the-moment decision move brought the entire crowd to its feet.
“All of our participants are backstage laughing, dancing and having a wonderful time,” style show emcee Andrea Hoig, editor of Omaha Magazine, said to the crowd. “Everyone here tonight is so blessed to have these wonderful men and women in your lives. They are inspirations.”
The annual event celebrates cancer survivors and raises funds for Inner Beauty: A Specialty Salon for Cancer Survivors, which helps patients reclaim confidence, comfort and control over appearance and sense of self throughout the cancer journey. [click to continue…]