Melinda Welsh writes about the prognosis for her metastatic squamous cell head and neck carcinoma and how she learned she likely has a "yearish" to live. She feels well after recovering from the side effects of treatment. "I am working part time. And I have turned my attention to the question How do I best spend the time I have left? My answer is writing, family and friends, the pleasures of small things," she writes.
If you are 50 or over or have a family history of colon cancer, you should be screened. African-Americans should be screened beginning at age 45. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable -- and curable -- types of cancer when detected early. Since the risk of colon cancer increases with age, getting screened is essential. Learn more about colon cancer, who is at risk and when you should get tested. If you have a colonoscopy scheduled or would like to learn more about what to expect during the procedure, see the video, What to Expect During a Colonoscopy here.
Researchers studied more than 52,000 Twitter updates, or tweets, that mentioned antibiotics and found about 700 gave incorrect information or bad advice. Study authors said people should take what they read with a grain of salt and get a physician's opinion.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and a colorful diet rich in fruits and vegetables plus a lively lifestyle are good ways to help prevent the disease. Experts also advise knowing the warning signs of colon cancer, including changes in bowel habits, and getting regular cancer screenings.