The Key to Surviving Cancer - Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

The Key to Surviving Cancer - Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted: Updated:

SALISBURY, Md. - March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, which means doctors recommend everyone over the age of 50 should get a colonoscopy screening.

It might seem invasive, but experts say it's a small price to pay for survival. Thanks to advances in early detection and treatment --- more people can call themselves cancer survivors. Nearly one in 20 Americans over the age of 20 is a cancer survivor.  That's according to the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We're delighted to have more survivors, " says Dr. Panpit Klug is the Medical Director of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at PRMC in Salisbury. "I think they have a good outlook. They not just come in scared and think, 'This is the death sentence' because they hear people surviving more than they expected."

According to Klug, early detection increases your survival chances.  But surviving is much more than just beating the cancer.   Joan Daugherty, Executive Director of the Henson Cancer Institute tells WMDT, "Once you've had cancer, you're at a greater risk of reoccurrence. And that often is very frightening to patients."

This is why 12 colorectal cancer patients are now taking part in the Henson Cancer Institutes new Survivorship Program.  It helps transition patients back into daily activities and work, while continuing important screenings and checkups. They also provide patients with a nutritionist and a social worker who helps them figure out the cost of care.

Breast, prostate and colorectal cancer are among the most common cancers. And experts say an increase in the number of cancer survivors does not necessarily mean that there are a higher number of cancer cases.

  • Local NewsDelmarva HeadlinesMore>>

  • Lawmakers Return To Consider McAuliffe Vetoes

    Lawmakers Return To Consider McAuliffe Vetoes

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:17 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:17:26 GMT
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are returning to Richmond to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's changes to the General Assembly's 2014 legislation. Legislators will consider McAuliffe's vetoes and proposed changes to several dozen pieces of legislation during a one-day session Wednesday. McAuliffe has vetoed two bills concerning religious expression. One would have codified a student's right to pray at school. The other would have prohibited censorship of sermons made by chaplains of the...More >>
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are returning to Richmond to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's changes to the General Assembly's 2014 legislation. Legislators will consider McAuliffe's vetoes and proposed changes to several dozen pieces of legislation during a one-day session Wednesday. McAuliffe has vetoed two bills concerning religious expression. One would have codified a student's right to pray at school. The other would have prohibited censorship of sermons made by chaplains of the...More >>
  • Man Found Dead Outside Home In Centreville

    Man Found Dead Outside Home In Centreville

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:12:46 GMT
    CENTREVILLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County police are investigating the death of a man found lying in the driveway of his home in Centreville. Police say a relative found 85-year-old James Conaway dead outside his home on High Ridge Road on Tuesday. His bronze Cadillac was missing, but police say it has been found. Conaway's body has been taken to the Office of the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of his death. Sgt. Jacob Andrews says Conaway's death has...More >>
    CENTREVILLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County police are investigating the death of a man found lying in the driveway of his home in Centreville. Police say a relative found 85-year-old James Conaway dead outside his home on High Ridge Road on Tuesday. His bronze Cadillac was missing, but police say it has been found. Conaway's body has been taken to the Office of the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of his death. Sgt. Jacob Andrews says Conaway's death has...More >>
  • One Dead, One Injured After Tues. Crash In Sussex Co.

    One Dead, One Injured After Tues. Crash In Sussex Co.

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:03 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:03:24 GMT
    MILLSBORO, Del. - One woman is dead, another injured after a car accident on Tuesday in Millsboro.According to reports, the crash happened around 9:07 PM Tuesday night. Police say Frances Baskwill, 75, of Millsboro, was driving south on Banks Road when she began to turn left toward Friendship drive. That's when investigators say the front of her car collided with the front of a car being driven by John Albright, 38, of Millsboro.Reports say Baskwill and her passenger, Patricia Murphy, 77, wer...More >>
    MILLSBORO, Del. - One woman is dead, another injured after a car accident on Tuesday in Millsboro.According to reports, the crash happened around 9:07 PM Tuesday night. Police say Frances Baskwill, 75, of Millsboro, was driving south on Banks Road when she began to turn left toward Friendship drive. That's when investigators say the front of her car collided with the front of a car being driven by John Albright, 38, of Millsboro.Reports say Baskwill and her passenger, Patricia Murphy, 77, wer...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.