Colon cancer isn't one of those diseases with its own special ribbon or a season of walkathons, but maybe it should be. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 140,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year and nearly 50,000 people will die of the disease. It's the third most diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death.
This week's ABC Health tweet chat, moderated by ABC News chief health and medical correspondent, Dr. Richard Besser, and co-sponsored by the American Gastroenterological Association, highlighted the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer. In case you missed the chat, you can check out the full transcript here. If you just want the highlights, here you go.
- University Hospitals (@UHhospitals) March 4, 2014
- Dr. Richard Besser (@abcDrBchat) March 4, 2014
— AICR (@aicrtweets) March 5, 2014
- City of Hope (@cityofhopenews) March 4, 2014
- Nicole Ferrara (@nbferrara) March 4, 2014
- Tobacco Free Florida (@tobaccofreefla) March 4, 2014
- Be Seen Get Screened (@BSGS4CRC) March 4, 2014
- Medical Genetics (@MayoClinicGenes) March 4, 2014
T10: A misconception is that Stage 4 disease is an automatic death sentence-there are treatment options for this-Dr.Hill #abcDrBchat
- Carolinas HealthCare (@Carolinas) March 4, 2014
- AGA (@AmerGastroAssn) March 4, 2014