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Meet Stephanie Valent. To celebrate her mother’s recent NED (No Evidence of Disease) status and to bring attention to the work of the CCAC, Stephanie will be running in this weekend’s Mississauga Marathon. She recently circulated this letter to her peers.
As you know, my mother has gone through a hell of a year fighting colon cancer. She is now NED – No Evidence of Disease! She went through colon surgery, a liver resection, and 6 months of chemo. Along the way she has received support from the CCAC – the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.
The CCAC is a fantastic non-profit association that has provided my mother the support and knowledge she needed to help fight this disease.
The CCAC also advocates for population-based screening and timely access to effective treatments. They are a fantastic association that gives my mother and many other colorectal cancer patients the hope, knowledge and power to help fight this disease.
Please support me as I compete in the Mississauga 5k run to support the CCAC (one day it will be a marathon…baby steps!). Click on the link below and select “The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada” and donate to help combat colorectal cancer!
***Overall, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in Canada. Colorectal Cancer is one in a group of the deadliest cancers, yet receives the least amount of charity support. Please help change this statistic! ***
Have you had a colonoscopy? While it may be one of the deadliest, it is one of the most preventable cancers. Get screened today!
We are so proud of Stephanie’s commitment- and we are delighted that her mother is embarking on her survivorship journey. We hope to see many more stories like this!
You can visit Stephanie’s page to see her fundraising progress!
Meet Jessica Wu. Her mother Joyce lost her battle with colorectal cancer on October 7, 2007, at the age of only 49 years old. This Saturday, Jessica will continue her tradition of raising funds for the CCAC and spreading awareness in her community, all in honour of her incredible mother.
I have. Although, my celebration may be a little different from most. You see, I lost my mother, Joyce L. Wu, to Colorectal Cancer in October, 2007. Mom was only 49 years old, and I was 24. We were both ‘too young’ to be experiencing this type of a farewell.
Mom wasn’t someone who should’ve gotten cancer, I remembered people saying. She was the Captain of her volleyball team in school, exercised regularly, kept a very healthy diet and chose fresh food, and even took up Tai Chi weekly. There was no family history we could find that hinted my Mom may have been a candidate for cancer. At age 46, though, Mom told us the news: the lump our family doctor found was malignant … and she had Colorectal Cancer. She was told that screening for Colorectal Cancer was not performed until people are 50 years old in Ontario. Mom battled Colorectal Cancer bravely for the next three years, and although it rendered her completely motionless from her neck downwards and riddled her body with relentless pain, Mom did not want to be admitted to Palliative Care until 4 days before she passed. Mom was always a fighter and a true warrior.
Nearly four years have passed, and each year, I have the opportunity of continuing to celebrate Mother’s Day along with everyone else, even though Mom is no longer with us. After emptying my savings account to buy a small townhouse after Mom’s passing, I stumbled upon an Annual Community Garage Sale event held by my townhouse corporation around Mother’s Day each year, in which all 548 townhouse units can participate. It’s a MASSIVE and very convenient way to sell, swap and find items. Ideas flowed and I began asking my co-workers, friends, family, and even my French and Piano students to donate any items they no longer needed to me for the Garage Sale, especially since Spring Cleaning was always around the corner. I housed all the donated items – from bikes to treadmills, sandboxes for kids to vacuum cleaners – in my garage and spare bedroom. On the morning of the Garage Sale, my brother and Dad helped to set everything up.
For the past three years, our family has continued this tradition to celebrate and remember Mom for Mother’s Day. Every year during the Annual Community Garage Sale, we ask around for donations of items (or proceeds) and donate every single penny from our Garage Sale to the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) in loving memory of Mom. The CCAC graciously sends me posters, wallet inserts, banners, and/or brochures annually for this event so that my brother and Dad can pass these out to all passer-bys and raise awareness for Colorectal Cancer. Given Mom’s healthy lifestyle, she wasn’t someone who “should’ve” gotten cancer, but she did. She wasn’t supposed to get screened for Colorectal Cancer until age 50, but she didn’t make it to 50. My family recognizes the importance of spreading the word about Colorectal Cancer to anyone and everyone, regardless of their age. The first year, we raised $320.95 in 4 short hours from our Garage Sale alone and my company matched this donation amount 100% – we wrote a cheque to the CCAC for a total of $642!
This year is no different for us as we celebrate Mother’s Day. Our Annual Community Garage Sale takes place Saturday, May 14th from 8AM – 1PM (rain or shine) for all 548 townhouse units, of which mine is but one. The CCAC brochures, wallet inserts and posters are ready to go. We would love to have more donations of items (items that aren’t sold are driven across the street and we give them all to Goodwill the same afternoon) and/or financial donations that morning, too. So please do stop by to support and encourage us, or make a donation to the CCAC for us! You can find our address on CCAC’s calendar of events: http://www.colorectal-cancer.ca/en/events-and-raising/ccac-events-calendar/
It is our dream that our humble Garage Sale will continue not only annually, but that it will become a city-wide event one day where families of those who have been affected from Colorectal Cancer will gather to not only remember, but truly celebrate our loved ones who so courageously battle this disease by raising awareness and funds for the Colorectal Cancer Association to further their mission and fund research we all so desperately need.
From the Wu Family, we wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day – truly, a day to celebrate all Moms, no matter where our Moms are.
– Jessica, Grant & Joseph Wu
Meet Nicole Chuchmach. Three years ago, she covered an astounding 780 kilometers in Sophie’s Run, an initiative in honour of her late mother. It was Sophie Cuchmach’s determination that inspired Nicole and her team to run from their hometown of Milton, Ontario to New York City. The following is an excerpt from Nicole’s journal.
This is an insert from my journal that I wanted to share to stress the importance of early screening for this treatable and beatable disease. Watching my mom die to colorectal cancer has forever changed both my life and the lives of my family.
“As I write that I am not ready to let her leave this earth, deep down I know that she is ready to go. She is no longer the mom that I remember. Her body has been invaded on the inside by a silent killer that has now surfaced to the outside. We all thought she developed shingles on her groin area. Shingles were our sign of hope but this slowly diminished when we realized that her cancer had surfaced on the outside instead. The silent killer is now mounting and escalating into a ravaging monster. This monster can no longer be contained and is killing my mom before my eyes. “
Losing my mom to colorectal cancer in 2006 is a day that I will never forget. I would give anything to hear her voice and to feel her hands as she would hug to comfort me or cheer me on to celebrate my successes. Although I struggled after her death, I now look to find the positive in remembering a lady that had an influence on my life and who continues to shine in the lives of others. Mother’s Day is bitter-sweet for me. I feel guilty that our family and my mom ignored the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer but I feel a sense of pride in educating the public in order to keep our loved ones (and our mothers) here with us longer. It is now my mission and my passion to prevent others from living the same fate that our family had to endure. To my mom… Happy Mother’s Day. I will never forget you and I promise to carry on your fight. For more information please visit www.sophiesrun.ca.
It’s one of the myths we constantly have to debunk- the truth is, colorectal cancer isn’t just “a man’s disease.” Women account for approximately 45% of CRC cases and CRC deaths.
Take Canada for instance- last year an estimated 22,500 Canadians (12,400 men – 10,100 women) were diagnosed. In total, 9100 Canadians (4,100 of them women) lost their lives. Source: Canadian Cancer Society: Canadian Cancer Statistics 2010.
Help us celebrate International Women’s Day. Teach a woman you care about that healthy lifestyle choices can decrease her risk of colorectal cancer. If she’s over 50 or experiencing symptoms, urge her to get screened. Remind her that taking steps to prevent colorectal cancer may prolong her life and allow her to continue to celebrate the achievements of women well into her elder years.
March 8 is International Women’s Day, and 2011 marks the 100-year anniversary of this yearly celebration of women. Click here to learn more.
A Mayo Clinic physician research team has found that older women with diabetes face a more than doubled risk for some types of colorectal cancer. Their findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Gastroenterological Association, which ran from May 1st to 5th in New Orleans, LA.
Researchers examined data from 37,695 participants of the Iowa Women’s Health http://www.ourhealthissues.com/product-category/womens-health/ Study, which enrolled women ages 55 to 69 in 1986. Of the participants, 2,361 reported a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes and 1,200 developed colorectal cancer. The researchers then worked with regional labs to crosscheck tumour tissue samples with the participants’ cancer pathways and risk factors.
The causal link between diabetes and colorectal cancer is not yet fully understood. Since both diabetes and colorectal cancer are both extremely common in the United States, “making links between these disorders has substantial public health implications,” according to Dr. Paul Limburg, Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist.
Click here to read the full article.
New evidence suggests that Hormone Replacement Therapy may decrease a woman’s risk of developing colorectal cancer, even though evidence suggests that the hormones may actually increase a woman’s risk of stroke, heart disease and breast cancer. The results of the study were published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.
HRT is a system of medical treatment most often used for surgically menopausal, perimenopausal and to a lesser extent postmenopausal women. While long-term hormone therapy is no longer recommended for postmenopausal women, it is still sometimes prescribed on a short-term basis to help women with menopausal symptoms like hot flashes , quality cancer medicines on onhealthy.net .
Dr. Millie D. Long of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her colleagues matched 443 women diagnosed between 2001 and 2006 with distal large bowel cancer (meaning tumors at the far end of the colon and the rectum) to 405 healthy control women. The average age of the study participants was around 63.
Long’s team found that women who had ever used HRT were at half the risk of this type of colon cancer compared to women who’d never used hormone replacement, and the longer a woman was on HRT, the lower the risk.
Of course, colorectal cancer can strike anyone, regardless of whether there may be some level of protection due to a treatment like HTR. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a timely screening schedule are still the best ways to lower your risks and ensure that cancer is caught early enough to be Preventable, Treatable and Beatable.
Read the original article on AsiaOne Health.
Learn more about Hormone Replacement Therapy and read the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada’s guidelines here. As always, share your questions or concerns with your physician or oncologist.
In terms of health, women in Canada are truly blessed. They have a long life expectancy, with access to basic health http://nosubhealth.com/product/topamax/ care. They have an extremely low maternal death rate, meaning healthier pregnancies. They have access to vaccines against conditions like HPV. In 2010, urging a female relative to schedule her mammograms has become a way of showing love and solidarity for womanhood, and preventing breast cancer has become a dinner table conversation.
But while there is no doubt that talking about it has saved many lives, breast cancer is not the only cancer that women may face.
We mustn’t let women forget that other forms of cancer are Preventable, Treatable and Beatable if caught early. Many still incorrectly believe that colorectal cancer is a man’s disease, but it affects men and women nearly equally. While talking about mammograms has become de-stigmatized, mentioning the word “colonoscopy” can still illicit nervous giggling and sometimes even disgust. Many women may not even know what the procedure actually entails or how vital early detection is.
Colorectal cancer’s blue ribbon isn’t be used in the marketing of hundreds of fun products, like its pink ribbon counterpart. It’s not talked about as openly, either- a Google search for “colorectal cancer” garners only 14,800,000 hits, while “breast cancer” garners 36,600,000. We’re clearly hesitant to talk about colorectal cancer, even though it is the second greatest cause of cancer death in North America.
This post is not meant to trivialize the incredible journeys of women with breast cancer or to criticize the breast cancer advocacy movement, which has experienced truly inspirational growth in the past decade. Rather, the CCAC wants Canadians of both genders to think about the health of their colons, and to join us in our mission to educate and de-stigmatize conversations about colorectal cancer.
And so we’re asking you to help us celebrate International Women’s Day. Teach a woman you care about that healthy lifestyle choices can decrease her risk of colorectal cancer. Urge her to schedule her colonoscopy. Remind her that taking steps to prevent colorectal cancer may prolong her life and allow her to continue to celebrate the achievements of women well into her elder years.
Click here to view statistics about gender and colorectal cancer.
Click here to read a Resolution Regarding Colorectal Cancer, written by Kathy Dahlkemper.
Click here to read about International Women’s Day.