ColonChat will bust your colon cancer myths

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Quick reminder about the upcoming #ColonChat.  It is THIS FRIDAY, March 24, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Central Time.  My colleague, Dr. Jake Matlock, will join me and others from the HCMC GI Lab for a fast-paced hour using Twitter to answer questions and bust myths about colon cancer.  These are people who look inside intestines all day long so you know they are party-type of people.

It’s fun and informative!  All you need to do is follow me on Twitter @DrDavidHilden during the hour.  Tweet me your comments or questions during the hour using the hashtag #ColonChat, or if you tend toward the whimsical, you can use #ScopeItOut instead.  Look for Dr. Matlock’s responses in real time during the hour.  We’re bringing some nurses from the GI Lab to answer questions as well since we all know it is nurses who are the real experts!

Here’s a couple of myths we will shred to pieces during ColonChat hour:

Myth:  Colon cancer is deadly so there is no point in looking for it. Wrong.  We will tell you why it is important to screen for colon cancer.

Myth:  Colon cancer is not preventable.  The heck it ain’t!  Find out why during #ColonChat.

Myth.  Colon cancer is mostly a man’s disease.  Nope.  Women get it just about as often.

Myth:  I feel fine and have normal bowel movements so I can’t have colon cancer.  Most colon cancer doesn’t cause symptoms!

Myth:  No one in my family had colon cancer so I’m not at risk.  No no no!  Although there is some genetic risk, most people who get colon cancer did not have a family member with it.

For lots more information on colon cancer, I invite you to check out my two recent previous posts on the subject.  Here’s the links to them for you to check out, share on social media, and so forth.

The one where I get a colonoscopy

 

Famous people get colon cancer and so can you

 

And be sure to tune in to #ColonChat this Friday, March 24, Noon – 1:00 p.m. on Twitter @DrDavidHilden

#ColonChat rules!

#ScopeItOut

-David

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3 Responses to ColonChat will bust your colon cancer myths

  1. Barbara Thode says:

    I never miss a Healthy Matters on WCCO! This morning you talked about the vinegar foot soaking and I thought that I had all of my e-Healthy Matters on my GMail but I can’t find it! Could you please resend it to me? My sister and I both watched you on your interview on TV! We are trying to guess your age!!!!! You do such an outstanding job! Barbara Thode thode2@gmail.com

  2. David Hilden, MD MPH says:

    Thanks for listening, Barbara! My age . . . hmmm . . . . let’s just say I’m a child of the 60s! What are you missing that you need re-sent to you. All the old blog posts are available right here on the site. Is there something else I can get you? David

  3. My wife was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer the doctors said he got all the cancer out after removing about twelve inches of her colon. Thinking she was cancer free we went home very happy.It took the doctors months to figure out I didn’t have gastritis, but stage 4 small colon cancer. she started having terrible pain in her abdomen, and vomiting but no blood in either. I had a general surgeon do surgery and it was supposed to be laparoscopic but ended up being exploratory. They had to remove a foot and a half of her small colon (doing a resection), her appendix, one ovary, and part of the large colon. was on Folfox for 3 months and then Folfirinox for 4 months to try and get ready for surgery and the HIPEC (hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy) procedure. I was just told I am not a good candidate for this surgery because the surgeon did not see enough response with the chemotherapy. Now my oncologist is putting me on Erbitux and a cancer cell blocker. I am nervous because of possible side effects,after a member of my church introduced me to a doctor,which i contacted as fast a possible via email, he gave her his medication which she took as prescribed by him, last two month she was diagnosed colon cancer free, its will be nice if you also contact him via his mail drambermurray@gmail.com,am very sure he can be of help too. I am really happy sharing my story with you

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