Archive for March, 2010
“Virtual Colonoscopy” gets a whole new meaning as Mayo Clinic prepares to host a colon cancer event in Second Life. You may have heard of Second Life- a unique simulation community where users interact through the use of avatars. Turns out it can be the source of some vital information about your health! Mayo Clinic is diving headfirst into the 21st century with a 100% virtual colon cancer information session at 3:30 p.m. CDT today.
The 100% online event is being put on to recognize the close of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Paul Limburg (Departments of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine) will be giving a lecture on “Tools & Tips to Prevent Colorectal Cancer.”
For more information about how to participate (or to download and join Second Life) visit this page on Mayo Clinic in Second Life.
You may have noticed that the CCAC is increasing its web presence- do you think we should conquer this virtual world, too?
Check out this video of the CCAC’s Buttmob for colorectal cancer awareness! Confused? Click here to check out our Get Your Butt Seen Facebook group and learn about the CCAC’s cheeky efforts to make sure Canadians are in the know about this Preventable, Treatable, Beatable disease.
If you didn’t get a chance to send your Facebook friends a loud, proud message about colorectal cancer, fear not: despite some minor technical difficulties this time around, we forsee many more Buttmob events happening in the future! Join the group posted above to stay informed about all of our Get Your Butt Seen initiatives.
The campaign has captured the attention of people in over 140 countries- what an incredible potential audience we can reach! We want everyone to put their best butt forward as a show of solidarity in the fight against colorectal cancer.
PET Scan: Positron emission tomography – specialized way to look at the organs of the body according to how fast they metabolize (use up) sugar; can be used to detect cancerous cells. Cancer cells have a high metabolism and absorb sugar faster than non-cancerous cells.
The CCAC is constantly exploring potential partnerships in the cancer care community. We all have the same goal- saving lives and beating colorectal cancer.
For the purpose of improving patient outcomes, the CCAC has now partnered with KMH Labs, based in southern Ontario. They provide access to a state-of-art PET/CT diagnostics overseen by a highly qualified panel of specialists. PET/CT services are available to Ontario-based colorectal cancer patients wishing to seek access through a physician referral (family physician, medical/surgical oncologist, or other healthcare provider). KMH Labs is offering this valuable service at a substantially reduced cost to those patients referred by the CCAC and will also furnish transportation for those patients unable to secure transportation to and from the clinic.
Need more information? Contact the CCAC at 1-877-50-COLON (26566) or KMH Labs directly at 905-855-1860, or by visiting their website here.
We will be updating our website soon with more about PET’s utility in the detection of colorectal cancer . In the meantime, click here to learn about other screening options.
The Wellspring Cancer Support network is hosting a CCAC patient information session tonight.
Come to the Odette House location (81 Wellesley Street East) to meet with Dr. Calvin Law (surgical oncology), Dr. Robin McLeod (colorectal surgical oncology) and Dr. Monika Krzyzanowska (medical oncology). Each expert will give a short presentation and we will be taking your questions. The session begins promptly at 7p.m. Don’t be shy- join us! The evening is sure to be an informative way to close National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Click on the picture above to see all of our amazing submissions so far. Thanks to the creativity of our participants, it looks like this contest is going to be a success. It’s not too late! You still have over 24 hours to wow us with your entry.
Even if you don’t have time to submit an image, we’d still love to know: what message would you like to send the world about colorectal cancer?
Colonversation.ca launched recently, and we want everyone to visit the site and start their own colonversation. One of the things they stress is the importance of talking about colon health with your peers, family and doctor.
Maybe that’s not such an easy conversation to have, so here are four tips for starting the colonversation with your close family members. We encourage you to visit the site and explore further!
- Start the conversation by saying you have an appointment with your doctor soon and that you are going to ask about colon cancer screening. Then share what you know about getting checked.
- Mention that your health routine includes getting checked for colon cancer. Tell them about the test and how you found out about it.
- Tell them that you got your stool test kit.
- Tell them about colonversation.ca
We are so incredibly lucky that we have resources like these. Come on, Canada! Let’s help even more people overcome their embarrassment and make colon health a topic everyone’s talking about! Visit Colonversation.ca andColorectal-Cancer.ca for more information.
Most Canadians have the benefit of screening networks at the provincial level, and we believe that all people around the world deserve that same opportunity.
To that end, our friends at the Colorectal Cancer and Colon Cancer coalitions south of the border have their own Buttmob forming, and it’s all in the name of advocacy. Tell your American friends:
Call your congressman on Tuesday March 30, 2010 and urge them to support the Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Act. Americans around the country will be calling their legislators as part of the “Congressional Butt-In” a day-long effort organized by C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition. On that day, constituents are urged to flood their legislators offices with phone calls about important programs which would not only save millions of taxpayer dollars, but more importantly, have a positive impact on the number of colon cancer deaths each year.
Think about it:
“A National Colorectal Cancer Screening Program has the potential to help tens of thousands of Americans each year get the screening they need, at a fraction of what it would cost to care for their late stage cancer diagnoses if their care was delayed until they were in the Medicare system.” – C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition
Here’s some proud Canadian advocacy news: Newfoundland and Labrador has finally announced its intention to create a population-based screening program! Newfoundland was the last remaining province without a screening network. Over 500,000 Canadians there will now have better access to lifesaving tests. Stay tuned for details on the program’s implementation.
Click here to learn more about the CCAC’s advocacy goals.
“I just saw the message on Twitter from @coloncanada and was impressed by
the light-hearted, de-stigmatizing message encouraging people to get a
colonoscopy. The www.getyourbuttseen.com campaign is nothing short of
brilliant.” –One of our many devoted Twitter followers
One of our incredible Giant Colon Tour volunteers in Peterborough.
She’s a cancer survivor, and she says it loudly and proudly!
Canada’s finest checking out the Giant Colon in Pembroke, Ontario.
It was the final stop for the 13-city provincial tour, but there are thousands of communities left to explore!
Twitter posts regarding the infamous Get Your Butt Seen campaign: