Know your options
Is colorectal cancer preventable with screening?
We have a powerful defense against this disease: screening. A doctor can tell you how and when to start. But can screening really prevent colorectal cancer?
Q&A with Dr. Andrew Albert
Dr. Andrew Albert—recently named by StreetWise as one of the “2018 Most Inspiring Chicagoans” for his work launching the grassroots awareness campaign #backoffcoloncancer—offers his thoughts on colorectal cancer screening.
Taking on colorectal cancer in honor of his mother
Michael Sapienza, CEO of the Alliance, planned to pursue a career as a professional trumpet player. Find out why he changed paths in this inspiring video where he discusses his mom’s death from colorectal cancer at age 59 and the legacy he created in her honor.
As treatment continues, raising awareness among friends and family
A man who has lived with one lung for most of his adult life, beat rectal cancer, and is now treating a recurrence in his stomach muscle, Rick observes his surroundings and finds a reason for gratitude.
Healthcare guidelines: What are they and why do they matter?
Early in 2018, the American Cancer Society (ACS) lowered its recommended colorectal cancer screening start age from 50 to 45. The news made the popular headlines and may have prompted the question: What is the ACS and why do these recommendations matter?
Do you know your options?
When it comes to advocating for your health, understanding available options and what makes the most sense for your lifestyle, is key. An educated decision is always best.
For you and your family: Genetic risk and colorectal cancer
Screening for colorectal cancer saves lives. But what if you had a crystal ball that tells whether you and your family are more likely to face the disease? Unfortunately, we don’t have a crystal ball--or its medical equivalent--quite yet, but you can get similar insight by knowing your family medical history and whether you have any hereditary genetic conditions, like Lynch or FAP syndromes.
How to take charge of your health in your fifties
With wisdom and knowledge, women enter their fifties. They know what’s best for them and their families, but when push comes to shove, it’s often their families that take priority. Here are some things women can do to ensure their health for decades to come.
Putting the Most Important Person First- Yourself
In 2018, women are living a life unlike anything we’ve ever seen. A woman’s lifestyle, mindset, aspirations, and even independence are a complete 180 from the era of their mother’s before. Gone are the days of an unequal voice, and in its place, the ability to do it all. From motherhood to relationships, to maintaining a fulfilling career, the increased desire to live one’s best life is no longer a thing of the past.
A busy mom, the right option, and a life changed
How can women ensure their health is as well protected as those around them? The answer may lie in personal empowerment. While there is no singular definition for empowerment, the World Bank says that empowerment is the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.