I learned the hard way that colon cancer is on the rise among younger people

first_img Privacy Policy Please enter a valid email address. Maia Dolphin-Krute Colorectal cancer mystery: Rising rates among millennials, Gen X Leave this field empty if you’re human: Colon cancer often grows slowly and causes vague or nonspecific symptoms like constipation, abdominal pain, and bleeding. It is not a leap to assume that many 20-somethings who see a doctor with symptoms like these are far more likely to be diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and aren’t screened for colorectal cancer. Young women are especially vulnerable to this kind of dismissal.Instead of waiting for colorectal cancer rates to rise further, and perhaps even before fully turning to investigating possible causes, the medical community must first address the inadequacies of current prevention and education practices. Colorectal cancer must be considered a possible diagnosis for a person with gastrointestinal symptoms, regardless of that person’s age. Colonoscopy — a brief, outpatient procedure — has proven extremely effective in lowering the rates of colorectal cancer in people who receive them routinely after the age of 50.Perhaps it is time to revise these screening recommendations. How many more people must develop seemingly impossible cancers before we institute safer practices?Maia Dolphin-Krute is a writer and artist based in Boston and the author of the forthcoming books “Ghostbodies: Towards a New Theory of Invalidism” (Intellect, 2017) and “Visceral: Essays on Illness Not as Metaphor” (punctum books, 2017). More information about her work can be found at www.ghostbodies.com. About the Author Reprints That experience prompted me to start searching for statistics about colorectal cancer and precancerous growths in my age group. I couldn’t find anything. The adenoma seemed to be nothing but an impossibility. A freak occurrence. First OpinionI learned the hard way that colon cancer is on the rise among younger people The cancer society report and coverage related to it — including a New York Times article with comments from a young woman whose cancerous growth was discovered when she was 22 — confirms that my experience, and that of untold numbers of other “young people,” is not a rarity.The change in colorectal cancer rates suggests that a profound and undeniable shift has exposed more people, at younger ages, to factors known to influence the development of colorectal cancer such as obesity; a high-fat, low-fiber diet with large amounts of red meat; lack of exercise; and others. The shift also suggests the need for new public health practices.Faced by a lack of information about how often adenomas or full-blown colorectal cancer occur in young women and a seeming wealth of information that colorectal cancer happens mainly to middle-aged or older people — especially middle-aged men — I could come to only one conclusion: As a young woman, I am not the “public” of public health.To base public health guidelines on the bodies of middle-aged men has profound implications for those of us not within that group. Current guidelines call for men and women to begin having regular colonoscopies at age 50. Had I not needed a colonoscopy at age 22 for something else, my adenoma would not have been detected and removed and, most likely, I would have had colon cancer by age 30. Even now, two years later, the significance of the fact that I underwent the procedure the day before Thanksgiving hasn’t been lost on me. APStock Related: Most people think of colorectal cancer as something that affects older folks. New research — and personal experience — shows that young people are affected, too.In November of 2015, at the age of 22, I had a colonoscopy as part of an extensive workup for a pancreatic condition I had been living with for almost five years. Much to my doctor’s surprise, the procedure turned up an adenoma, a precancerous growth in the lining of my large intestine. Had it not been for the colonoscopy, it would have grown undetected for years, and almost certainly turned into colon cancer.I didn’t have any context for understanding the presence of this growth. In a discussion of possible risks I had with my doctor before the colonoscopy, he told me that the procedure would never find cancerous growths in someone so young. When it did find the adenoma, I was told that “it looked benign.” It wasn’t.advertisement By Maia Dolphin-Krute March 9, 2017 Reprints @ghostbodies Newsletters Sign up for Cancer Briefing A weekly look at the latest in cancer research, treatment, and patient care. Tags cancerdiagnosticspublic health Not so, says a new report from the American Cancer Society. It shows an ongoing and dramatic rise in the rate of colorectal cancer among people under the age of 50. Among adults between the ages of 20 and 39, colon cancer has increased by 1 percent to 2.4 percent a year since the mid-1980s. This rise has been so dramatic that those born in 1990 and afterward have rates of colon cancer not seen since 1890.advertisementlast_img read more

NSW Government Funds Summer Activities For Regional Youth In Hard Hit Communities

first_imgNSW Government Funds Summer Activities For Regional Youth In Hard Hit Communities Young people in communities hit hardest by the impacts of drought, bushfire and COVID-19 border closures will enjoy a mix of free and subsidised activities this summer, with the help of funding from the NSW Government.Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro, Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor and Acting Minister for Sport and Minister for Skills Geoff Lee today announced the Summer Break program for Regional Youth.Mr Barilaro said after a challenging year, young people in 51 local government areas across the state will be able to participate in sports and recreation camps, short-courses, barbecue and beats disco events or enjoy extended opening hours at council facilities over the summer.“While much of regional NSW is on track for recovery, a number of communities are still coming to terms with the fallout of bushfires, COVID border closures or enduring impacts of drought so I know this announcement will be welcome news for families,” Mr Barilaro said.“Up to $10,000 will be made available to impacted councils to cover the costs of running youth events or to extend youth services between 16 December 2020 and 4 February 2021, while a share in a fund worth $85,000 will allow approximately 20 PCYCs in affected towns to run Barbecue and Beats discos.”Mrs Taylor said the initiative follows the NSW Government’s successful Drought Break program which was launched in December 2019 to support young people in more than 30 drought-affected communities in the state’s central, north and far west regions.“I have heard first-hand the overwhelmingly positive feedback from last year’s Drought Break program which first came to life with the help of the Regional Youth Taskforce and brought together kids, parents, carers and wider communities to have fun,” Mrs Taylor said.“I’m thrilled to confirm further funding to bring back this brilliant initiative that will give regional youth a fair opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves throughout summer.”Mr Lee said the NSW Government will provide more than 500 free places for young people at 14 camps to enjoy activities such as archery, kayaking and cooking craft with meals and accommodation included and free transport provided.“Last year’s free sport and recreation camps were really popular for hundreds of young people in drought communities and I know this year will be no different,” Mr Lee said.“The popular Summer Skills program has returned with opportunities for 15 to 24 year olds in health, construction, business, agribusiness, hospitality and retail.”Visit www.nsw.gov.au/summeractivities /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Border, bushfires, business, coronavirus, council, covid-19, drought, Government, Minister, NSW, nswpol, Premier, running, Skills, sports, visit, Youthlast_img read more

ENVE Trade In & Trade Up is back making carbon wheel upgrades more affordable

first_imgLast fall ENVE started a limited time deal where they would pay you for old carbon wheels if you wanted to upgrade to their latest, premium American-made carbon hoops. Trade-In, Trade-Up was a big success last year, so they’ve brought it back to make end-of-the-year carbon wheel upgrades more affordable.ENVE Trade-In, Trade-Up limited time carbon wheel upgradesThe concept is the same as last year, even though the discount is slightly reduced. If you have any older, ridable carbon wheelset at home collecting dust, Enve will give you a sizable trade-in bonus towards the purchase of one of their newest M, G, or SES series wheelsets. If you send in an old Enve wheelset you get a $900 credit, or a $600 credit for any other non-Enve carbon wheelset, from now until Jan 3, 2020.ENVE VP Jake Pantone says the idea was originally just to get more riders to ride Enve’s latest M Series mountain bike wheels which had big flat-eliminating technical improvements. But Enve realized it made sense to include SES & G Series wheels too, to get riders on their latest tech.It doesn’t matter what riding discipline, axle or freehub standard the old wheels you want to replace have, they just need to be in ridable condition. And the trade-in program is only open to US customers, either via local Enve retail shops or direct via Enve.com. That’s because Enve isn’t scrapping the old wheels like some upgrade programs do. Instead, Enve evaluates each trade-in wheelset to refurbish what they can, and either resells or donates the old wheels to get them back onto bikes again.“Many of our customers own perfectly good wheelsets that are sitting in their garages collecting dust. These wheels have become obsolete by way of advancements in axle standards, tire volumes, and the growth of disc brakes.The true beauty of this program is that we are providing a convenient outlet to put these dormant wheelsets into the hands of someone in need. Last year, wheelsets that were traded in on our program were donated to cycling programs in developing nations, to high school mountain biking, and developmental road programs. Ultimately, it is our goal to find a home for each wheelset brought in on trade,” says Pantone.ENVE.comlast_img read more

Electro-diesel tram-train order expanded to support service increase

first_imgHUNGARY: National passenger operator MÁV-Start has exercised an option for Stadler’s Valencia plant to supply a further four Citylink electro-diesel tram-trains for the route being developed to link Hódmezővásárhely with Szeged.The country’s first tram-train project aims to provide a high-quality service for daily commuters between the two cities, which are 25 km apart. Both have inconveniently located railway stations, meaning the majority of public transport commuting is currently by bus. The tram-trains will use 600 V DC electric power on the street-running sections in the two cities, and will be powered by two low-emission diesel powerpacks rated at 390 kW on the main line.MÁV-Start placed a HF17∙6bn order for an intial eight Stadler tram-trains in Novmber 2017, and these are expected to enter service in late 2021. The additonal vehicles announced on July 3 will follow by the summer of 2022, enabling the service to be increased from every 20 min to every 15 min.The low-floor vehicles will be 37∙2 m long and 2 650 mm wide with a capacity of 220 passengers, including 92 seated. They will have four multi-purpose places for persons with reduced mobility including wheelchair users and people with prams.They will be able to negotiate curves down to 22 m radius, and will have doors at different heights, as well as sliding ramps to provide easy access at stations without requiring infrastructure modifications. Other features include air-conditioning, CCTV and a passenger infomration system.The tram-train project was described in detail in the Spring 2020 issue of Metro Report International magazine, which registered users can read online.last_img read more

Education Enhancement Project proving to be fruitful

first_img Share Education Minister, Petter Saint JeanAt a recent cabinet discussion, Education Minister Hon. Petter Saint Jean stated that through government‘s revamping of the education system, teachers are now better qualified to enter classrooms.This is due to a series of teacher training courses that prospective teachers are expected to go through before stepping into a classroom.“The whole issue of teacher development, continuous teacher training is a big issue for us in the Ministry of Education. If every child is to succeed, teachers must be equipped to deliver quality education. We have addressed this issue head on so that today generally to get into teaching, one must not only meet the minimum entry requirements which are the four O levels CXC subjects, one must do the teacher training course.”The education minister further explained that as a result of government’s initiative, the education enhancement project allows for teachers to expand their knowledge in a number of teacher training subjects.“The Government of Dominica is currently paying for twenty-one teachers to obtain a Bachelor’s of Education degree, six of which are studying Mathematics. We are also focusing seriously on Visual and Performing Arts because some children are inclined in that respect.We have five teachers studying that, two in Agriculture, Special Education and Industrial Technology and Home Economics.”In addition, Hon Saint Jean also noted that there were still more teachers studying for their masters degree.“We have five teachers studying at the master’s level, being paid for by the Government of Dominica through the Education Enhancement Project. The master’s degree varies from Education, Counselling, Special Education and Speech Therapy.”He also highlighted areas that teachers are being trained in the diploma level.“We have fifteen of them at the diploma level doing post graduate diplomas In Education Plumbing, Auto-Mechanics and Home Economics and we have three of them at the certificate level in Cosmetology.”Government Information Service Tweet Share Sharecenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondaryTertiary Education Enhancement Project proving to be fruitful by: – August 24, 2012 Sharing is caring! 39 Views   no discussionslast_img read more