Many people think that a diagnosis of colon cancer means that they will automatically be scheduled for colostomy surgery. Not that a colostomy is the end of the world -- far from it. Colostomy surgery can be life-saving, and for many people with IBD, it can improve their quality of life significantly. However, it is not true that a colostomy is always needed to treat colon cancer. Most cases of colon cancer do not result in a colostomy, but rather another type of surgery
There is a hereditary condition that often results in the development of colon cancer, quite early in life. This is one of the many reasons that screening for colorectal cancer is so important. Screening can catch polyps early, before they have a chance to develop and turn cancerous. If you have a first-degree relative who has had colon cancer, you should start receiving screening when you are 10 years younger than that relative was at diagnosis. Learn more about familial adenomatous polyposis
Your lifetime risk of colon cancer is not set in stone. Of course, there are things that you can't change, but there are a few things that you can. Here is one thing that anyone and everyone can do that will reduce the risk of colon cancer
as well as many other diseases and conditions.
This week in IBD research and news:
- Researchers find a compound in the intestines of people who have Crohn's disease that may play a role in how the disease develops. The authors think a new understanding of how the compounds in the intestine interact could lead to a development of new treatments. (Thiesen S1, Janciauskiene S, Uronen-Hansson H, Agace W, Högerkorp CM, Spee P, Håkansson K, Grip O. "CD14hiHLA-DRdim macrophages, with a resemblance to classical blood monocytes, dominate inflamed mucosa in Crohn's disease." J Leukoc Biol. 2014 Jan 14. [Epub ahead of print])
- A county clerk in Florida files suit against her employer, claiming that she was wrongfully terminated because of her Crohn's disease. (Mauldin, A. "Court clerk employee claims wrongful firing." The Moultrie Observer. 28 Feb 2014.
- Balloon dilation of strictures in Crohn's disease may help as many as 70% of patients to avoid surgery. (Bhalme M, Sarkar S, Lal S, Bodger K, Baker R, Wille RP. "Endoscopic Balloon Dilatation of Crohn's Disease Strictures: Results from a Large United Kingdom Series." Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2014;20:265-270. doi: 10.1097/01.MIB.0000439067.76964.53)
- People with IBD who develop the skin conditions pyoderma gangrenosum and erythema nodosum may have some characteristics in common, including certain genes that are associated with IBD.
(Weizman A, Huang B, Berel D, et al. "Associations observed between IBD patients with pyoderma gangrenosum, erythema nodosum." Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2014;20:525-533. doi: 10.1097/01.MIB.0000442011.60285.68)