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The Weekly: Patient navigators, colon cancer on the rise in Hispanic American adults and more

March 11, 2022

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Be on the lookout for news from us throughout the month as we raise awareness of colorectal cancer and renew our commitment to end cancer as we know it. Learn more about colorectal cancer. 

Feature Story

Delaware is shrinking racial gaps in cancer death. Its secret? Patient navigators.

MONDAY, March 7 (NPR) Sussex County, in the heart of southern Delaware’s poultry farm country, is home to many people like Michelaine Estimable, a 62-year-old native of Haiti who came to work on the factory lines of a chicken-processing plant. 

But Estimable hasn’t worked in two years, because of a leg injury that made it impossible for her to drive. Now, she relies on family members she lives with to get rides to medical appointments–one of the logistical headaches that’s kept her from scheduling her mammogram for the past year. 

In other news…

Study: Colon cancer on the rise in young Hispanic American adults
March 7, KSL-TV

 

To test cancer drugs, these scientists grew ‘avatars’ of tumors
March 9, Wired

 

Stool tests might help spot early pancreatic cancer
March 8, BBC

 

Cancer Survivor Marcia Cross Warns Others Never to Do This
March 8, Best Life

 

Foundation News

Pandemic disrupts cancer screenings

The latest survey from the Prevent Cancer Foundation shows an alarming trend of Americans continuing to miss their routine doctor’s appointments and cancer screenings. While the Foundation’s previous survey in May 2021 showed more people making it to their appointments, these gains have now been erased for certain age groups and demographics, likely a results of the highly contagious omicron variant that emerged at the end of 2021. Learn more about our latest findings and tips for getting your appointments back on the books. 

 

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