CA Access News

March 2008

In this Issue: Feature | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information


Who Gets Colon Cancer?

March is Colon Cancer Awareness MonthBy Tim Turnham, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of the Colon Cancer Alliance

Who gets colon cancer? Unfortunately, a lot of people, and people from every walk of life.

She is not quite 60 and has taken care of herself all of her life: trips to the gym; a long-time vegetarian; regular checkups with her doctor. None of that matters now, though—she is dying of a cancer she never should have had to face.

Standards of care specify that everyone should be screened for colon cancer at age 50, if not before. But no-one ever told her. If she’d been screened, they would have found abnormal cells in her colon and removed them before they ever had the chance to become cancer. Now, instead of being cancer free, she is dying. The cancer has spread through her body. She will not live to see her grandchild graduate from college, or to celebrate her 50th anniversary. Read more about colon cancer


Partner Spotlight



WISEPlace offers homeless women who are age 55 and over the means to manage on their own by providing solutions to the health and income-related challenges facing older homeless women.

WISEPlace is a community of housing and hope for women in crisis. Formerly the South Orange County YWCA, WISEPlace has an 80-plus year history of caring for local women, children and families. By meeting basic needs such as housing, food, clothing, physical and emotional nourishment, as well as vocational and life skills training, WISEPlace is one of the few places these women can go to begin again.

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CPAT Luncheon:
Addressing Heart Health Concerns for Women of Color

Thursday, March 20, 2008
Noon - 2:00 pm
Scott's Seafood Restaurant
Jack London Square
2 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

Guest Speaker: Dr. Richard Allen Williams, author of "Eliminating Health Care Disparities in America: Beyond the IOM Report"

Co-Hosted by: NAACP Oakland Branch & Dr. Harold Orr


To RSVP, please contact Alice Huffman at 916-498-1890
or send an email to

Be sure to check out the CPAT Calendar of Events to find out about upcoming partner conferences, seminars, fundraisers, and other activities in your area. If you would like your event listed, please contact Kristen at


Welcome New Partners
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Sacramento Chapter
  • Department of Managed Health Care
  • Healthy Heritage Movement
  • Inland Empire Scholarship Fund
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
  • New Direction Christian Center
  • Project Access
  • Sacramento African American Collaborative
  • San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce
  • Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
  • Su Clinica de San Bernardino
  • United American Indian Involvement
  • and 6 individual partners

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In the News

Americans Avoiding Colonoscopies, Study Shows
KERO ABC (Bakersfield)
1998, Medicare began covering colon cancer screening with colonoscopies and other approved tests, but researchers found the coverage did not improve the rate of screening. Younger, white patients were more likely to be screened than older minorities. Read the full article

Smokers Might Benefit From Earlier Colon Cancer Screening
New evidence suggests screening for colorectal cancer, which is now recommended to begin at age 50 for most people, should start five to 10 years earlier for individuals with a significant lifetime exposure to tobacco smoke. Read the full article

Double Role for Colon Cancer Gene Discovered
Ivanhoe's Medical Breakthroughs
Geneticists at Dartmouth Medical School have discovered that the suppresser gene for colon cancer (APC) has a second role that could benefit people with this deadly cancer. Read the full article

'Western' Diet Linked to Colon Cancer in Women
American Cancer Society
Women who follow a typical "Western" diet--characterized by higher intakes of processed food and red meats, refined grains, sweets, and desserts--may be more likely to develop colon cancer, according to new research. Read the full article



Interesting Information

Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers -- screening tests can help prevent colorectal cancer by finding pre-cancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

  • The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 108,000 new diagnoses and 49,000 deaths from colon cancer in 2008 – making it the third most common form of cancer and cancer death in both men and women.
  • 54,000 women will be diagnosed with colon cancer in 2008, more than 25,000 will die from the disease.
  • More women over the age of 75 die from colorectal cancer than from breast cancer.
  • If colorectal cancer is found early enough, the patient has more than a 90 percent chance of survival.

From: American Cancer Society and American Gastroenterological Association


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