20 Oct

No reason not to test for colon cancer

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionColon cancer (also called colorectal cancer) is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men and women in New York, but it doesn’t have to be. Colon cancer can be prevented through screening. Abnormal growths in the colon and rectum can be found and removed before they turn into cancer; and if found early, colon cancer is highly curable. But the key is getting screened.All men and women ages 50 to 75 years old should be screened regularly for colon cancer.March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so on behalf of the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties, I’d like to clear up a few myths about colon cancer. Some believe that if they don’t have a family history of colon cancer, screening isn’t needed. This isn’t true. Most people diagnosed with colon cancer don’t have a family history. Others think that screening is only needed if they have symptoms such as blood in their stool. Many cases of colorectal cancer happen in people who do not have symptoms, which is why getting tested is important. Another misunderstanding is that the tests are painful and the preparation is unpleasant. However, there are several tests to choose from, including stool-based tests that are easy, painless and can be done at home.Many people think that screening is expensive. Not so. Health insurance plans in New York state are required to cover colon cancer screening. And for those who are uninsured, our program provides free screening to men and women age 50 and older.So, why take a chance with colon cancer? Ask your doctor if it’s time for you to be tested. Or you can contact our program at 518-841-3726 for help or information.Margaret BrodieAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

24 Sep

Missing Sunman Man Returns Home Safely

first_imgRescue workers and volunteers at the command post Monday night.Update (June 10 @ 7:57 a.m.)The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Paul Batta safely returned home this morning.Update (June 10 @ 7:20 a.m.)We’re learning this morning that a missing man has returned home safely.Paul Batta, 56, was reported missing after he disappeared from his home in the 10000 block of North Dearborn Road on Saturday.A neighbor called us to say he has in fact made it back home. Authorities are on the scene and have not confirmed the developing information.WRBI will relay any new information as it is received.First Report ( June 10 @ 12:12 a.m.)Emergency workers and volunteers will continue the search Tuesday for a missing Sunman man.Paul Batta, 56, was last seen on Saturday night leaving his North Dearborn Rd. home on a bicycle.Sunman firefighters set up a command post Monday morning on Lawrenceville Rd., near Gutaphel Rd., and actively explored the area until darkness forced officials to suspend search efforts.“We’ve been out here thirteen hours. Our guys did a good job searching unfortunately we didn’t find the individual,” said Sunman Fire Chief Bill Craig.“We’re going to try and regroup this evening at our station. Sit down, look at our resources and see what we can bring back out here tomorrow,” Craig added.Even local residents have volunteered their time during the search. Christina Stoneking is one of many volunteers working alongside emergency crews and family of the missing man on Monday.Paul Batta, 56, was last seen Saturday night leaving his home on North Dearborn Rd.“Everybody is a close knit family out here. When something like this happens everyone pulls together. I don’t know him personally but I know his family and cousins,” Stoneking said.“You got to do something. People got to stick together and do something. And the family is hurting, there is no word out and we definitely need more help,” she continued.Batta is described as a white male, 6’4” tall, weighing approximately 226 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes, and has a beard which is trimmed. He was last seen wearing a gray or brown T-shirt and brown shorts.Anyone with information is urged to contact the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office at (812) 537-3431.We will update this story as soon as there is any information.last_img read more

16 Aug

Titans coach Mike Vrabel downplays joint practice brawl

first_imgWe had a fracas. Gilmore. The Mccourtys. Jon Jones. Corey Davis. AJ Brown. Dion Lewis making gestures to the Pats sidelines but then laughing #Patriots #Titans— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) August 15, 2019Vrabel said he understands tempers are likely to flare as helmets clash, but was just happy things didn’t escalate beyond shoving.”I’m going to make sure we do (joint practices) with people that we trust that aren’t sharing information and practice the same way we do, and believe in competing hard and finishing by not throwing punches,” Vrabel said. “I understand that it’s competitive — they’re pro football players. We want them to be really competitive. Tom Brady gifts ex-teammate Mike Vrabel mini trophy of last year’s Patriots-Titans score Mike Vrabel is setting the record straight.The Titans coach downplayed the seriousness of the skirmish that broke out during Thursday’s joint practice with the Patriots, shrugging it off as football players just playing rough. “If that’s a fight to you, man you’ve never been in a fight,” Vrabel said, per NFL Media. “We just don’t want any punches thrown.”NFL Network’s Mike Giardi had described the incident as a “fracas” between cornerback Stephon Gilmore and wide receiver A.J. Brown that eventually ended with laughs. Related News Baker Mayfield on hype surrounding Browns: ‘I’d say the chatter doesn’t matter’ Tom Brady says ‘hell no’ to becoming football coach “Is there going to be pushing and shoving? Yeah, I would figure there would be. But can they play with enough composure to break it up like they do in a game and go back? There’s pushing and shoving in every game, and if you don’t throw a punch they’re going to let you go back into the huddle.”Vrabel didn’t share the same passion for his gift from former teammate Tom Brady, who gave Vrabel a trophy earlier Thursday to celebrate the Titans’ regular-season win over the Patriots last year.”I don’t even know where it is right now,” Vrabel said.last_img read more