An estimated three of every 100 cases of colon cancer are the result of a hereditary genetic condition called Lynch Syndrome.
Thursday is Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day. It’s named for Dr. Henry Lynch, the Director of Creighton University’s Hereditary Cancer Center. He discovered the genetic condition, which is passed down through generations. People with Lynch Syndrome are at increased risk of colon and other types of cancer.
Sheri Bowen is the Agency Administrator for the Mills County Public Health Department. She says Iowa is fifth in the nation when it comes to percentage of late stage colon cancer diagnoses.
Bowen says when colon cancer is caught in an early stage, it’s 90% treatable. Currently 64% of Iowans over the age of 50 have been screened. Bowen says the Iowa Get Screened Colorectal Cancer Program wants to increase that to 80% by 2014.
Researchers at UNMC are making strides in dealing with Her2.
Dr. Kay Wagner says Her2 is an aggressive type of breast cancer. He says there are several subsets and that each case must be treated differently.
Dr. Wagner says in previous studies, it was thought that by inhibiting a certain protein called Cyclin D1, the growth of breast cancer cells could be stopped or slowed. But he says his research indicated the opposite was true.
Being Heard: A Creative Healing Program takes place this Saturday at the Omaha Home for Boys.
Rita Paskowitz is the Director of the Storytelling workshop. She says this weekend’s program is geared toward at-risk youth.
Paskowitz says the purpose of creative healing is to get people to work through their grief using the arts. Workshops in storytelling, music, movement, poetry and visual arts will be offered on Saturday.
Paskowitz says it is sometimes easier for those who are grieving to express themselves through the arts.