The Pulse | Thursday, October 17, 2019
Millennials: Are You at Risk for Colon Cancer?
SGNA’s October webinar, “Beware Millennials: Colon Cancer is on the Rise!” presented by Kristen L. Seay, MSN RN CGRN, is now open for registration! The live webinar is on October 22 at 6pm central time. Read on to learn more about what Seay has to say about millennials and the risk of colon cancer.
What will attendees learn from your upcoming webinar? What do you hope they take away?
Attendees will gain increased awareness of the risk factors for the millennial population. The rates of colorectal cancer incidences are drastic in this age group, which is shocking from all previous information. Colon cancer and the need for colonoscopy procedures was considered an “old age” disease and procedure [in the past].
Why did you choose this topic to speak about? Why is it so important to you?
I chose this topic based on my observation of the increasing amount of young patients receiving a colon cancer diagnosis in my endoscopy units over the past 5-10 years. I have children who fall in this age group. A diagnosis of a patient in this age group has a significant impact socially with the impact affecting college, marriage and young families.
Why directly focus on millennials? Should other age groups be keeping this top of mind?
I noticed the increase of cancer diagnosis in young patients and decided to research it. All age groups should be concerned and the recommendations apply to all.
Are there things millennials can do to reduce their risk for colon cancer?
Yes, adopting the lifestyle of a healthy habits such as nutrition, rest and exercise.
Why is this topic significant to GI nurses and associates and/or the GI community as a whole?
Continuing education is important for all nursing professionals to stay current with information and to provide better care for the patients we serve. The emphasis for colon cancer screening has focused on the 50+ age group. We need to get this information out to the community as it changes our "normal" patient age group.
What does getting colon cancer mean for someone so young? Is there a higher chance for recovery?
Many times the diagnosis occurs after the cancer has progressed due to delays in treatment. Recovery is based on the extent of the cancer at the time of diagnosis.
Is there anything else you would like to add or comment on?
It is essential for healthcare providers to get involved in the community to educate and support them. Emotional support is very important, especially for this age group.
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