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Colorectal Cancer: Genetic Factors
The overall survival rates for all stages of colorectal cancer show a decline when comparing 1-5 and 10 years after diagnosis. The numbers change significantly when context of staging is included. The five year rate is 64%. But when the disease is diagnosed in the early stage the 5-year survival increases to 90.4%.

[Reference:CRC: Pathophysiology, Module A: Epidemiology, Page 11] www.athenaforum.com

Women’s Health: Risks & Chronic Conditions
The quality of life is raised by moderating the effects of aging on the cardiovascular system. Monitoring cholesterol levels and blood pressure is a good practice for all patients including women at risk for CVD. Hypertension screenings are but one of the seven possible risks for heart disease that are included for all women over age 55, and African American women, as well. Obesity, inactivity, smoking, low HDL, high LDL, diabetes and family history of heart disease are the other risk factors to be considered and monitored.

[Reference: Women’s Health, Module D: The Case Manager’s Role, page 14]
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
CM Rules to Remember
The Golden Rule is familiar to us all, that is, treat others the way you would like to be treated. But did you know there is another rule that works even better? It’s the “Platinum Rule.” It focuses on the fact that we are all unique individuals and that perhaps some folks may not want to be dealt with in the exact same manner as you or I would. This rule considers treating others the way THEY want to be treated, instead. It’s one of the best guides for improving intergenerational relationships.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In the Headlines . . .
“Pink in October”
Patient services, promising research outcomes, and international events dedicated to promoting and increasing awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection continues to provide real-time resources and information that speaks of its importance. Multiple organizations provide ample opportunities to participate in activities, support groups and educational forums year round. National agencies and research foundations enable us to see the fruits of these efforts and concerns. Check out the free educational materials, centers for mammography, and even some delicious recipes for your patients.

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“86% of Americans Told to Get Flu Shot”
“This is a patient-safety issue,” as stated by Julie L. Gerberding, CDC’s director, in her comments directed to all health care workers (~ 40% were immunized last season). New recommendations for specific age groups, a record-setting amount of vaccines that are available, as well as the new composition that makes up this year’s vaccine – two from the influenza A family and one from influenza B family will assure that up to 86% of the U.S. population can reap the reward. Also new this year, is the recommendation that all children 6 months to 8 years get two flu shots a month apart, because a single shot may not be enough protection. Last winter 86 children died from the flu. Check out your organization’s incentives/initiatives and sign up – it may save a life! http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

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Connie Sunderhaus Connie Sunderhaus, RN-BC, CCM
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