According to the New York Post, NY1 mid-day news anchor Roma Torre will return to work today five weeks after undergoing surgery for Stage 2 colon cancer.
On August 26th of this year, Torre announced she had been diagnosed with colon cancer and would take a leave of absence for medical treatment. The surgery revealed that her cancer had progressed to Stage 2, were the infected cells have grown through the entire colon, but have not reached surrounding tissue, lymph nodes, or organs.
Stage 2 is considered an early stage of colon cancer, and treatment does not require chemo and radiation. The 5-year survival rate for Stage 2 colon cancer is 82.5%.
Torre's story represents a perfect example of the importance of addressing symptoms of colon cancer as soon as they appear. If you experience any of the following symptoms, consult with your doctor immediately:
- A change in bowel habits or consistency of stool
- Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
- Persistent abdominal pain, such as gas, bloating, or cramping.
- Rapid, unexplained weight loss.
For for information about colon cancer symptoms and stages, download the Be Seen, Get Screened eBook.
Other News From Around the Web
- A new method for detecting colon cancer could come in the form of cancer-spotting yogurt.
- New research shows that there is an inverse relationship between the number of adenomas detected during colonoscopy and the development of cancer later in life.
- Drivers in Indianapolis will see new billboards advertising Colon Cancer Coalition's Get Your Rear in Gear 5k Run and Walk.
- A mantis shrimp inspires the development of a new camera to detect colon cancer.
Image Source: Ed Schipul via Flickr