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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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MARCH IS COLON CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!

What would you do…if you could truly prevent hearing the double “C” word = Colon Cancer?

Take a moment to watch these very educational videos – this may save your life!

About Colon Cancer

Colonoscopy Procedure

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Liver in the Body

Inside your abdomen

The Scope It Out 5K run/walk is a way to support the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. Their goal is to bring awareness to this preventable form of cancer and to permanently eliminate the threat of colon cancer through discovery of a cure.

You can register to support a team by following link.  Go to https://fundraising.active.com/fundraiser/ASBCCancerMinistry
to donate and/or register to join the team.
 
To Register as a team member – Click ‘Register Now’, fill out all necessary information and choose the ‘Team Member’ category. Then select the team name, ASBC Cancer Ministry (Gaither), from the drop down list to register. Please consider donating to our ASBC team instead of “yourself”. 
 
To Donate to team ASBC Cancer Ministry –  click on ‘Donate Now’. Your tax deductible donation will be made towards ASBC Cancer Ministry Team. Thank you!

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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Colorectal cancer screening in older adults who have never been screened  (New Information: JUL 2014)

Discontinuing screening — The decision to stop screening should depend upon whether an individual patient’s life expectancy justifies the risk and inconvenience of screening. Age alone is only one determinant of the impact of screening; in one modeling study, screening individuals aged 67 to 69 with three or more comorbidities (chronic illnesses – diabetes, heart disease, etc.,)  would save fewer lives than screening individuals aged 75 to 79 with no comorbidity (81 versus 459 lives saved per 100,000).

Many of the “Baby Boomers” are living longer and healthier lives, so continued screening may be justified.

At 93yo Dr. Eugster hopes to turn the heads of "Sexy 70yo on the beach!"

At 93yo Dr. Eugster hopes to turn the heads of “Sexy 70yo on the beach!”

Most guidelines recommend that screening for colorectal cancer stop when the patient’s life expectancy is less than 10 years. Which is a difficult concept for many patients to face…who will raise their hands to say they are likely to live less than 10 years? Who truly knows?  The US Prevention Study Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines recommend that patients over age 85 not be screened, and recommend against screening in adults 76 to 85 years, unless there are individual considerations that favor screening.

Older adults with no prior screening — One-time screening in older adults who have never been screened (23 percent of US elderly individuals) appears to be cost-effective up to age 86 years, based on results of a modeling study. In this simulation study, colonoscopy was cost-effective to age 83 years, sigmoidoscopy to 84 years, and fecal immunochemistry testing to 86 years for patients without comorbidity and at average risk for CRC. Colonoscopy was the most effective, and most expensive, strategy for one-time screening.

Signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer may cause one or more of the symptoms below.  However, most of these symptoms are more often caused by conditions other than colorectal cancer, such as infection, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Still, if you have any of these problems, it’s important to see your doctor so the cause can be found and treated, if needed.

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days
  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
  • Rectal bleeding, dark stools, or blood in the stool (often, though, the stool will look normal)
  • Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss
  • And any other signs of concerns…

SCREENING PEOPLE AT INCREASED RISK — The evidence for how high-risk patients should be screened is weaker than for average-risk patients. Thus, guidelines are based mainly upon arguments relating to knowledge of the biology of colorectal cancer (CRC):

If the patient is at risk for earlier onset CRC (eg, first-degree relative (mother, sister, brother etc.,) with onset of CRC before age 50), screening should begin earlier.

If the patient is at risk for more rapid progression of disease, screening should be performed more frequently.

If the patient is at risk for more proximal lesions (eg, hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer [HNPCC]), screening should be performed with colonoscopy.

If the patient is at risk for a greatly increased incidence of disease (eg, HNPCC or familial adenomatous polyposis [FAP]), they should be screened with colonoscopy, the most sensitive test for complete examination of the colon.

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk…weekly Blog!

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Colon Cancer CardRecently I met a young lady … in her early-40’s who told me she is now a “survivor” of Colon Cancer.  Another lady was diagnosed in her early 30’s.  It is not very often that we discuss Colon Cancer in young adults. Actually, the age for “Screening” for colon cancer is publicized to begin at age 50. This may be different for you

So what symptoms or signs would prompt a young adult to discuss earlier screening for colon cancer with his/her doctor?

Have a pen and paper handy, then press play below for answers…

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and a leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.

The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50, earlier if you are at higher risk.  You may be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer. Also … listen to your body! No one knows and notes changes, like you can. If you notice persistent changes, as listed in above video, please speak with your doctor.

Press Play below to watch video

To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Legacy Health Educators is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  You may visit our website, www.LegacyEducators.org and read more in the “CANCER INFORMATION” section.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

For more information, visit http://www.LegacyEducators.org

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physicians Desk … Doc’s Weekly Blog!

Learn more about your health by watching videos click here!

MARCH IS COLON CANCER AWARENESS MONTH...

Click here to watch videos and read on Colorectal Cancers!

JUST THE FACTS!

  • Colon Cancer CAN be stopped in its tracks … before it EVER begins!
  • At least 60% of deaths from Colorectal cancer could be prevented if everyone had a regular screening
  • If you are African American screening should begin at AGE 45!! (CHANGE IN GUIDELINES!)
  • Other General Population screening should begin at age 50, as colorectal cancer occurs in people age 50 or older (younger in African Americans)
  • Colon Cancer is the 3rd Leading Cause of deaths for ALL Cancers – for both Men and Women! Over 50,000 died of colorectal cancer in 2012 (American Cancer Society Estimated 2012 statistics)
  • Colon cancer may start from a polyp (an abnormal growth) that if seen during colonoscopy can be removed … and may be all the treatment you need! (your doctor will send the polyp for additional evaluation and will tell you more)
  • In most cases, there are NO symptoms for colorectal cancers in the early stages. However, some may experience blood in or on the stool, abdominal aches, pains or cramps that do not go away, and losing weight without trying.  REMEMBER though, most do not have any symptoms.
  • Colon Cancer can usually be prevented…Colon Screening Saves Lives!
  • Tell your love ones, family and friends – all should be screened at age 45 (African Americans) or 50 (General population)! If you are older and never had a colonoscopy, what then? No problem mon! Talk to your primary care provider and get your screening done this year! Blessings.

Click on image below to watch – “All Jokes Aside” –  Steve Harvey’s – I want to live!

(Please note: Change in Guideline requires African American screening begin at age 45! A change from the video below)

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From the Physician’s Deskhttp://www.LegacyEducators.com

WorldToday is World Cancer Day – 4 FEB 2013 – a world wide  awareness event.  2013 is focused on Dispelling the Myths and Misconception about Caner. The American Institute for Cancer Research, recently published an article titled, “New Estimates: Americans Can Prevent ~400,000 Cancers Annually.” How is that possible? Yes, the usual recommendations – sensible healthy meals, physical activity, and weight management. Add the lifestyle change of smoking cessation, and the number of preventable cancers can be even higher.

I had the Blessed opportunity to appear on the Tom Joyner Morning Show last year and answered a few questions regarding existing myths about Cancer. Listen and Read questions – click here!

CAUTION: I always give the disclaimer and warning of numbers … they can be misleading! I have many patients who are near Marathon athletes – eat well, exercise often, and fantastic weight management to boot – and yet they are diagnosed with Cancer. I definitely do not have all the answer! I do not know “why” things like that happens. However, I firmly believe that God is in control and I have a long, long list of,  “God, I do not understand! Why….**insert thought provoking question here***??”   This is one of them…

Read The American Institute for Cancer Research article … click here!

Visit our website and watch short anatomically correct health videos at www.LegacyEducators.com

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From the Physician’s Desk … http://www.LegacyEducators.com

November is COPD Awareness Month. COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in America  BUT it is preventable and treatable! If you are wondering – What is COPD? – you are at the right place – Lets talk COPD!   COPD = Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  Let’s break this down a little more. The “phase” or “length of time” for a disease process is usually described as;

  • Acute – a sudden, severe onset; Asthma or heart attack. When used in describing pain, onset lasting less than 1 month.
  • Sub-Acute – The symptoms or illness is not yet chronic, but has  passed the Acute phase or the presenting symptom is not as severe as an Acute phase. This phase usually last 1-3 months
  • Chronic – indefinite duration or virtually no change. This process last for longer than 3-6 months.

The obstructive process, commonly co-exists as Chronic Bronchitis or Emphysema, and is a process that narrows the airway. This causes a limitation of air-exchange in the lungs and can lead to shortness of breath. The concept is the same as Asthma, but Asthma is “reversible” and “acute” while COPD gets progressively worse over time and is chronic. Pulmonary = Lung.

COPD is caused by a noxious particle or gas (noxious-something that is physically harmful or injurious to health or well being); tobacco smoking is  a common noxious element which triggers an abnormal inflammatory response in the lung. Occupational exposures and air pollution are other contributing factors to the development of COPD.

  • Chronic Bronchitis – The airway tube that carries air (oxygen) to the Lungs gets inflamed  and makes a lot of mucus. This narrow or block the airways, making it hard to breath
  • Emphysema – The tiny air sacs in the Lungs are like a balloon in a healthy person. They get bigger when you breathe in and smaller when you breath out, to move air through the lungs. In emphysema, the sacs are damaged and unable to stretch, leading to less air in and out of the lungs; this leads to feeling of short of breath

Your doctor can diagnosis COPD using a Lung Function Tests – A test that measures the capacity of your lungs to exchange Carbon dioxide for Oxygen. There are many important management strategies, some of which includes smoking cessation, rehabilitation, and drug therapy given via inhalers. As the disease progress, some patients will require long-term oxygen use.

To learn more about COPD you may visit: http://www.lung.org/about-us/our-impact/top-stories/november-is-copd-awareness-1.html

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From the Physician’s Desk …

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, OCT 2012 comes to an end. This month was filled with meaning to so many … the color Pink resonate deeply for most during this time. But why was Pink chosen? Why not Yellow or Orange? What is the meaning of Pink?

The color pink, created by combining white and red, is the color most often associated with femininity and baby girls. “In the pink” is a phrase that means Feeling Good and Doing Well. Shakespeare used the word pink to describe a feeling as well.

The color pink represents Compassion, Nurturing and Love, as well as Self-Worth, Tenderness, Caring and Acceptance.  These are traits that our world can use – male, female, old, young, black or white … and all ethnicities in between.

People exposed to the color pink exhibit Less Stress, Less Violence and Less Aggression…(YES please!) It is also one reason that some prisons make their inmates wear pink uniforms and live in pink cells. Do you know of a Prison in the USA that does this?

Pink flowers project Joy, Innocence and Youth. Pink carnations are a token of Gratitude. Giving pink roses is a gesture of Admiration and such arrangements represent Joy and Happiness.

For the “macho males” remember there are many shades of pink … there are several that will not threaten your masculinity.  Personally, I too dislike the “pepto bismol” pink.

PINK = Feeling Good, Doing Well, Compassion, Nurture, Love, Self-Worth, Tenderness, Caring, Acceptance, Innonence, Youth, Gratitude, Admiration, Joy and Happiness! Why limit Pink to just October?

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