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Summer Time, Family Time
August 12, 2014

Summer Time, Family Time

For many of us, warm weather means we can get out with our families on a weekend trip or for a family reunion. That is the perfect chance to do a family health history run down!

We know you’ve heard it before. It’s important to know your family health history, and not just because of colorectal cancer. While you should be getting screened earlier and more often if you have a history, many other diseases can be prevented or treated better when caught early.

And it’s hard to remember when Uncle Joe got diagnosed when it’s not discussed or written down.

So we’ve created these great family health tree charts for you to fill out. It will only take a few minutes the next time everyone is together, and it will make it easier the next time you fill out forms at the doctor or need to discuss a specific concern.

Even better, we’ve also translated the health tree into Chinese! A Spanish translation will be available shortly.  We want to get the message out to as many people as possible, so please pass this along to anyone who can use it.

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Family Health History - English

Family Health History - Chinese

Family Health History - Spanish

Dave Barry Talks Colonoscopes With His Doctor
August 12, 2014

DaveBarryColonoscopyDave Barry Talks Colonoscopies with His Doctor

Many of you may have seen humorist Dave Barry’s column on getting his colonoscopy. At age 60, he’d never had one because, as he put it, he didn’t “want a doctor to stick a tube 17,000 feet up his butt.” Then he got an email from his brother.

His brother, in for routine colonoscopy, was diagnosed with very early stage cancer. His doctor said to make sure his siblings went in for a colonoscopy too. Sufficiently guilt tripped, Dave went in for his visit.

A few years later, Dave and his doc reunited for a video talking about colonoscopies. If you were nervous about getting a colonoscopy, Dr. Andy Sable walks you through the process, aided by Dave’s comedic asides. You can see the equipment and learn every step of the process. And if you were curious, around 7 ½ minutes into the video, Dr. Sable talks about some of the non-poop related items he’s discovered during a colonoscopy.

So take the mystery out of colonoscopies while getting a laugh. Please take Dave’s advice and don’t delay getting your colonoscopy!  Video Link



Colon Cancer Does Not Discriminate
August 11, 2014

Briel photo shoot webColon Cancer Does Not Discriminate

Early this year our new PSA debuted to raise awareness that early age onset colorectal cancer is a growing problem.

Briel Zagarow was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic colon cancer when she was 26. She is not alone. Colorectal cancer diagnoses have been going down for people over 50, but they’ve actually increased for people in their 20s and 30s. Many young people don’t know they can get the disease and don’t know the symptoms.

Please educate yourself and those you know about the risk factors and symptoms. Know that colorectal cancer does not discriminate based on age, sex, race or ethnicity. Please talk to your doctor about your risk factors and whether you need to get screened.

To learn more about Briel's fight against colorectal visit her Blog




Fighting Cancer with Retail Therapy
July 23, 2014

Fighting Cancer with Retail Therapy

RobinMaxwellbIf you’ve been eyeing that perfect skirt or new scarf, save your splurge for August 16. On that Saturday, 
the Bloomingdale’s in the Mall at Short Hills is donating 10 percent of your purchase, in store or over the phone, to us!
This fundraiser is being held  in the memory of Robin Maxwell. Many of you have probably met Robin, or her husband and children, at the Colon Cancer Challenge. After her diagnosis in 2009, Robin and her family got involved with us and were one of the top fundraisers at the Challenge every year. Sadly, last December, Robin passed away.
However her husband, Charles Kligman, and their children, Josh and Brandi, have continued to uphold her dedication to raising money to educate people about colorectal cancer screening and raising money for research.
So how do you join Team Robin the Brave? Simply come to Bloomindale’s on August 16 at The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Turnpike, get that new outfit, and take your receipt to the Customer Service Center and tell them you would like to donate to the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation. If you don’t live in the area, call 973.548.2461 and the store will be happy to help you with all of your shopping needs.  Or make a donation directly to Team Robin The Brave

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