Colon cancer survivor, Lynn Eib, is a patient advocate who provides emotional and spiritual support to cancer patients.  She also runs several support groups to help people process their emotions and connect with other people on a similar journey.   She thinks support groups are a very important part of the healing process because they are a safe place to laugh, cry and share with others who are walking in the same shoes.

Cancers of the colon and the rectum are the third most common cancer in US men and women.  The American Cancer Society estimates that there will101,340 new cases of colon cancer in 2011.  And, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.  But, there’s good news.

Cancer is undoubtedly the one word you never want to hear from your doctor, but the truth is that more of us are surviving the disease than ever before. Thanks to better detection methods, earlier diagnoses, and huge advances in treatment, survival rates are now 68 percent, an impressive improvement from a 50 percent survival rate 36 years ago.

This week is designated as "Men's Health Week."  So, Radio Smart Talk has dedicated an episode to focus on cancers that primarily target men.

We all know how reluctant we men are when it comes to getting regular physical checkups or going to the doctor when sick. Preventive screenings for diseases like heart disease and cancer, the two leading causes of death of American men, are rarely given much consideration.  But that could be a devastating mistake.

"I'm dead, and this is my last post to my blog."  These are words from Derek K. Miller's final blog post.

Lynn Eib, a colon cancer survivor, shares what was hardest about her journey, but also shares how cancer has brought blessings to her life.

Watch: Karen Charlesworth is living proof of cancer survivorship. She's now becoming a patient advocate, and says her health is terrific. Meet Karen in this 2009 witf Health Smart report on a mother's journey through colon cancer.

Colo-rectal cancer is probably the most preventable cancer, because screening can find and treat pre-cancerous growths.  Even so, people continue to come in for treatment too late.

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