Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. If you over 50, you KNOW you should be screened. If you’ve put off getting a colonoscopy, you need to read this.
Colonoscopies save lives because virtually all colon cancers start out as benign polyps. Colonoscopy is not colon cancer detection, it’s colon cancer prevention. Read more.
Two weeks ago on the WCSH6 Morning Report, I talked about the importance of early detection of colorectal cancer and shared some information about insurance coverage for screening tests: The Affordable Care Act requires that all private health plans cover colorectal cancer screening tests as a preventive service without any out-of-pocket costs to patients, even if polyps are detected […]
If you’re over 50 and haven’t had a colonoscopy yet, what’s your excuse? If you say you can’t afford one because you don’t have insurance − if you live in Maine, you can throw that excuse right out the window. Maine is fortunate to be one of 26 states and tribal organizations to receive a grant from […]
A Bill in the Maine legislature would update insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screenings. The updates are in line with new guidelines from the American Cancer Society. Get details about both on Catching Health.
Confused about PSA tests? A few years ago, men were told they didn’t need routine screenings because the risks outweighed the benefits. Now, there’s a new recommendation. Here are the facts.
When I was diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer in 2014, I met with a medical oncologist to discuss my family history. A few women on both sides of my family had died of breast cancer. My great grandmother, a great aunt, an aunt and a first cousin. My father died of lung cancer and […]
The This was originally published in 2014. John Nappi wants to shout, “Just Say Yes!” from the rooftops. He wants to see the words plastered on tee shirts and bumper sticker and posters. He wants people to ask, “Say yes to what?” You see, John didn’t say yes and now he’s paying a dear price. He said […]
When Chuck and Jo-Ellen Kelley were married 23 years ago, she told him that since she went for yearly medical checkups, she expected him to do the same. “After all,” she says, “we promised that we’d grow old together and take care of each other.” So, Chuck found a doctor and has been seeing him […]
Sharing what’s on his mind is what Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz does for a living. Sometimes though, it takes more than words to get people to pay attention. Telling everyone over 50, for instance, that they really need to have a colonoscopy. It can prevent colon cancer. You know you should schedule one, but you’ve […]