Watch Dr. Travis Stork from The Doctors and a panel of renowned medical experts discuss colorectal cancer and digestive health.
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No one expects to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, especially a former professional football player who takes pride in staying in good physical condition. Yet that’s exactly what happened to former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Vince Papale. Vince, 56, is now on a crusade to encourage men and women over age 40 to get screened for colorectal cancer.
Three years ago, 61-year-old Sharon Tschider from Bismarck, North Dakota, noticed she had bleeding with her bowel movements. Married and the mother of seven children, at first she thought the bleeding was coming from hemorrhoids resulting from her many pregnancies. But after the bleeding continued for two months, she went to her gastroenterologist. He performed a colonoscopy, an exam using a scope that views the entire colon, and found a rectal cancer.
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In cities across America, parents and children crawl through a playground of polyps and colon tissue in an effort to gain a better understanding of colorectal cancer.
Several well-known figures have been hit with colorectal cancer, some becoming survivors and others falling to the aggressive disease.
RESOURCES & EXPERT ANSWERS
- Cleveland Clinic: Take The Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment
- American Gastroenterological Association
- American College of Gastroenterology
- American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
- American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
- American Cancer Society
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Prevent Cancer Foundation
- Colon Cancer Alliance
- C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition
- Colon Club
- STOP Colon Rectal Cancer
- National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
- Coalition of National Cancer Cooperative Groups
- Cancer Care
- Cancer Hope Network
- Hereditary Colon Cancer Association
- Onco Link
- Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
- The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health
- City of Hope
- Colon Cancer Coalition
- Get Your Rear in Gear Blog
- Colorectal Facts: True Or False?
- Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives pocket brochure
- Fast Facts pocket brochure insert
- Questions to Ask Your Doctor pocket brochure insert
- Risk Factors and Symptoms pocket brochure insert
- Screening Tests At-a-Glance pocket brochure insert
MayoClinic.com: Colorectal Cancer
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