The Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center is dedicated to supporting the health education needs of the community. An annual benefit funds the Resource Center as well as the Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, including sponsorship of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Cancer Survivorship Seminars.

Located at Highland Park Hospital, the Resource Center is a private place to obtain information when making healthcare decisions.

Visitors are welcome to stop by to browse our collection and enjoy our relaxing environment between appointments or during other idle time in the hospital.

Our personal, confidential assistance is available free of charge to help you find the health information you need. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to request services, call the Resource Center Coordinator at 847.480.2727 or email mrwresource@northshore.org.

 

In the Spotlight:

Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States affecting both men and women.  This disease is highly preventable; by getting screened (beginning at age 50 and some would argue sooner) and following some health guidelines.

Every year, roughly 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people succumb to it.

Screening tests can help prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed. Screening may also find this cancer early, when treatment can be most effective.

          Guidelines & Recommendations:

  • Per government recommendations, starting at age 50 through 75, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly.  For people older than 75, ask your doctor if you should be screened.

  • Be physically active

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Limit or eliminate alcohol consumption

  • Don’t smoke- if you need help quitting, get it!

     Facts for Consideration:

  • Risk increases with age. More than 90% of colorectal cancers occur in people aged 50 and older.

  • Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important. If you have symptoms, they may include:  

    • Blood in or on bowel movement

    • Persistent stomach pain, aches, or cramps

    • Unintentional weight loss

    • Consistent stomach bloating

    • Exhaustion

    • Chronic bad breath

      These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer. If you have any of them or other concerns, please see your doctor. 

  • Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing colorectal cancer. If you think you may be at high risk, talk to your doctor about when and how often to get tested.

  • There are several screening test options. Talk with your doctor about which is right for you.

    • Colonoscopy (every 10 years).

    • High-sensitivity guaiac fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) (every year).

    • Sigmoidoscopy (every 10 years, with FOBT or FIT every three years).

    • Sigmoidoscopy alone (every 5 years).

    • Stool DNA test (FIT-DNA) every one or three years.

    • CT colonography (or virtual colonoscopy) every five years. 

      Remember:

      Just like regular vehicle maintenance for your car, regular annual physical checkups can be your best defense against many potential diseases, please speak with your physician about your concerns and take good care of yourself!

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