Our Top Three Articles: October 2022 CTCA Roundup

Missed one of our recent articles? We got you covered in October. It’s not just spooky season; it’s also time to share our favorite three articles from our partner Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

What’s Behind the Increase in Colorectal Cancer Cases in Young Adults?

The statistics tell us that colorectal is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. The numbers also tell us that new cases and deaths from colorectal cancer have fallen dramatically over the past four decades.

While overall cases and deaths have declined, especially among older adults, colorectal cancer diagnoses have increased dramatically among young adults.

Read more about growing concern over the increase in colorectal cancer in young adults.

Tennis Legend: My Sister’s Death from Cancer “Saved my Life”

Tennis pros Chris and Jeanne Evert were as close as sisters can be. Growing up as part of a famous tennis family in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the sisters traveled the world competing in the sport’s most prestigious events. Chris ascended to the top of the tennis world in the 1980s, winning 157 titles and 18 grand slam events. Jeanne never matched her older sister’s achievements but was the No. 1-ranked junior at one point and retired playing to become a respected coach.

Jeanne Evert passed away from ovarian cancer in 2020 at the age of 62. Jeanne’s death permanently bound the two sisters together in a way Chris Evert could never imagine. 

Chris Evert said in a recent interview in which she opened up about her own battle with cancer and how her sister’s genetic test led to her diagnosis. 

Read more about Everts’ case also underscores the importance of genetic counseling and and testing in this article from  Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Eight Ways to Respond to ‘How Can I Help?’ When You Have Cancer

Hearing those four words may sometimes seem overwhelming, leaving some cancer patients not knowing what to say.

Judith L. has received treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) for stage 4 breast cancer. She’s a retired teacher of 30 years and serves on the CTCA® patient advisory council. Judith shares her creative solutions on where loved ones can lend a hand when navigating a cancer diagnosis.

  1. Put your pride aside and accept the help. Yes, this one may be more of a mental reminder, but it’s still important to reiterate. When someone offers to bring over a homemade dinner or walk your pets, it’s OK to say yes. Remember: People want to help. They just don’t know what you need.
  2. Note taking (and another set of ears). Whether it’s a diagnostic appointment or physical therapy, you may need help absorbing new information. A great way a loved one may be able to help is by attending appointments with you, asking questions and jotting down notes.

Read more tips here from Judith L. and the experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

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