Facts About Colorectal Cancer

Facts About Colorectal Cancer

Oct 01

There are some great fundraising organizations and awareness campaigns about different types of cancer, such as the pink ribbon campaign for breast cancer awareness or Relay for Life, which raises money for all kinds of cancer research. However, some types of cancers are rarely talked about at all, while others are given more money than the researchers know what to do with. 

Even though March is colorectal awareness month, colorectal cancer is hardly paid attention to at all. 10,000 more people die from colon cancer than breast cancer each year, but research toward colon cancer gets half the federal funding that breast cancer does. In fact, 50,260 people are estimated to die from colorectal cancer every year. 

Colorectal cancer is the combined term for colon and rectal cancer, which are very similar. They are often grouped together because they affect the body similarly. Almost 100,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer every year. This is a huge number of people and a huge number of families who are affected by this disease.

Colorectal cancer usually begins as polyps (growths) on the inside of the colon or rectum. Not all polyps are cancerous, but the more polyps someone has and the bigger they are, the more likely it is that they will develop cancer. Cancerous polyps will seep into the walls of the colon or rectum and from there spread out through lymph or blood vessels to the rest of the body, making it difficult to remove the cancer if it progresses far enough. The best chance of eradicating colorectal cancer is by removing cancerous polyps before they are able to seep past the innermost layer of the colon. 

Groups such as Gastro Care LI work to provide help to people suffering from colorectal cancer. On their website, I found important information on how to reduce the risk of contracting colorectal cancer, such as avoiding:

  • Red meat
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Heavy drinking

While this isn’t an exact science, it has been proven that avoiding excessive consumption of meat, smoking, and drinking is beneficial to people who have a history of cancer in their family. People who are concerned about colorectal cancer should also make sure to get plenty of exercise. Incorporating some form of exercise, whether it be walking, riding a bike, or playing a team sport, is a great way to stay fit and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. 

Symptoms of colorectal cancer include:

  • Frequent diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, as well as unexplained weight loss, you should see a doctor immediately. Catching colorectal cancer early by undergoing colonoscopies and cancer screening could end up saving your life.


Smart Cars, Dumb Accidents

Smart Cars, Dumb Accidents

Jun 12

A lot of us are pretty concerned with the amount of stuff we have. As the concept of minimalism becomes more and more popular, people are making the decision to cut back on their material objects. This means cutting back on clutter and keeping things simple.

Many people get rid of their paper books and go for an e-reader instead, and others cut back on clothes an opt for a simple wardrobe. Tiny houses are popping up as a way for people to save money on property taxes and utility bills.

Even our cars are getting smaller! Smart cars offer efficiency for an on-the-go person. They get better mileage and take up less space on the road. In turn, this can help cut back on traffic and pollution. However, due to the lightweight nature of these vehicles, passengers are much more likely to be seriously injured in the case of an accident.

Other types of cars that are more prone to accidents, besides smart cars include:

  • Low-to-the-ground cars
  • Convertibles
  • Vehicles with poor blindspots

When a car accident occurs between two cars of a similar size, the force is usually distributed evenly depending on how fast they were going. However, when the cars are of two very different sizes, the smaller car is going to face much larger injuries.

This is why when a semi-truck hits a sedan, the sedan is typically totaled, or why a 4×4 truck can annihilate a smart car.

This is the same concept used in boxing. Boxers are divided into classes based on their weight to keep things fair. A 250-pound person can knock a 125-pound person out easier than they could if they were the same weight, thus the basis for the division. When two unevenly-matched cars collide, the same problem occurs and those in the smaller car are forced to suffer the consequences.

If you’re in a much smaller car and wind up in an accident at the hands of another driver, it’s necessary to have a good idea of where you stand legally. Chapman Injury Lawyers are able and willing to take on cases like this. Another driver’s inability to drive safely is not anyone else’s responsibility but their own, so why should anyone else be held financially accountable?

Whether they were a drunk driver or just changing their radio station, they still need to face the music. The victims already have to go through pain and suffering, both of which are exacerbated when their car is massively outweighed. The last thing that they should have to deal with is financial ruin.

While you recover from your injuries, you should be in touch with a lawyer that can help. On top of losing money to bills, many victims also lose wages while they are out of commission and recovering.

Any decent settlement will account for this and provide enough financial relief to the victim that they won’t have to worry about not being able to pay other bills like rent or utilities. If you get hurt in your smart car, do the smart thing and find the right legal office for you!

Hurricane Florence and South Carolina

Hurricane Florence and South Carolina

Feb 26

The September 2018 hurricane season devastated many coastal cities in the United States, including tourist attractions for South Carolina. Governor Henry McMaster estimated that the storm system caused over $1.2 billion in damage to South Carolina alone, making it one of the most costly storms to hit the state in years.

Hurricane Florence originated around August 30th from the African coast, and traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, picking up in speed and strength. The storm officially made landfall on September 14 as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale. While in the Atlantic Ocean, Florence had once been classified as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of over 130 miles per hour.

Though the hurricane’s strength had diminished by the time that it made landfall, the storm was still powerful enough to uproot trees, tear structures apart, and cause multiple feet of flooding across the Carolinas. In addition to significant flooding, Florence stirred two tornadoes, one of which touched down slightly northwest of Myrtle Beach.

Once the storm passed through and residents who had since evacuated began returning to assess the damage caused, many people found that their homes had been completely ruined by water or wind damage. Through assessing the damage done to their assets and filing a claim, renters, homeowners, and business owners began the long journey to recovering a piece of what they had lost.

Often after a storm, it takes a bit for the dust to settle to truly asses damage. Many guides were released to assist those affected as they attempted to figure out how much help that they needed. In the aftermath of serious storms and water damage a serious threat to people in toxic mold. Cleanup guides and efforts offered methods to deal with water-saturated structures to help minimize the possibility of mold growth. According to The Law Office of William J. Luse dizziness, burning eyes, memory issues, and vertigo can all be indications of toxic mold poisoning.

Like victims affected by many of the other hurricanes in recent history, South Carolina businesses and residents alike have been left under-resourced and financially burdened by Hurricane Florence. Governor McMaster requested $540 million dollars in federal aid to deal with the effect of the storm. Of this money, $18 million was requested from the Federal Highway Administration, $300 million from a disaster relief fund, $125 million for South Carolinian farmers, $165 from the National Flood Insurance Program, and $80 million from the Small Business Administration.

Though hurricanes Florence and Michael were the only storms from the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season to reach Category 4 classifications, the total damage caused by all of the storms to the affected areas totaled to about $33.3 billion in damages.

Advantages of Mediation Over Traditional Divorce

Advantages of Mediation Over Traditional Divorce

Aug 08

When you think about divorce, you think about a scenario wherein you get an attorney and battle it out in court with your spouse. But that is not the only way to process a divorce. According to the website of Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, there are alternatives for dispute resolutions, such as mediation.

Mediation happens when you, your spouse, and your legal representatives, sit together with a mediator who can see the overall picture, avoid biases, and make the separation process as peaceful and swift as possible. From the definition alone, you can already see the advantages. But they shall be explained below.

Having a say

There are times in divorces where a spouse is not able to properly voice their concerns, especially if the other spouse is already cornering them and putting them in a situation where they cannot properly react. An example is when a spouse just goes with the demands of the other spouse, even against their will, just to get things over with.

In mediation, the voice of either spouse will be equally heard, especially because the mediator will need to see the big picture to help come up with suggestions and decisions.

Reducing negative emotion

A traditional divorce can be emotionally stressful, because there are a lot of areas where spouses can argue about, like alimony, child custody and support, division of property, and others. In a formal and legal setting like a court, this stress can increase because of the argumentative nature of the proceedings.

You cannot say the same thing for mediation. In this practice, there is room for compromise, and that is the mediator’s duty to fulfil.

Eliminating child engagement

Another problem with traditional divorce proceedings is the involvement of the child. The child may be asked to be in court for child custody and support disputes, and that is not a good thing, because a child that is too involved in their parents’ separation may have negative reactions, including anxiety and lack of self-worth.

In mediation, the parents are eliminating this risk. Even if the child is asked to be involved, the involvement is not stressful, because the environment of mediation is not as formal and strict as a legitimate divorce proceeding.

Getting swift results

The disputes in divorce may take months, or maybe even years, to be settled, especially if no party is budging or being willing to compromise. This can be prevented in mediation, because of the mere fact that disputes are much easier to settle with an unbiased mediator.

There is also the financial factor. If the divorce is taking such as long time, it is easy to assume that the legal fees are also significantly higher, compared to a fast and efficient mediation.

Another Person’s Negligence and Motorcycle Accidents

Another Person’s Negligence and Motorcycle Accidents

May 18

It is not only easier to travel on a motorcycle compared to a car, because it is also more economical. A motorcycle is a lot cheaper and requires less maintenance compared to a full-blown vehicle. Because of these advantages, motorcycles are seen by many as their primary mode of transport. But this has one dangerous consequence – it means that many people are prone to motorcycle accidents as well.

According to the website of the Houston personal injury lawyers at Williams Kherkher, the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

  • Driver error
  • Reckless driving by another
  • Dangerous road conditions
  • Mechanical failure
  • Faulty motorcycle design

The causes that can be your fault are easier to prevent. Driver error can be minimized if you follow traffic rules, travel at a speed where you can react on time and where your tires cannot easily lose traction from road debris or slide, and stay alert from unexpected stimulus.

But what if the cause of the accident is another person’s fault? The website www.hankeylawoffice.com says that those who have been victims of motorcycle accidents that have been caused by the negligence or misconduct of other drivers, road construction companies, and local governments, may have legal options.

Other drivers may be at fault if the accident has been triggered by the following actions:

  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving while sleepy or tired
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Not following traffic rules, especially those that concern right-of-way
  • Reckless driving, including speeding, tailgating, and weaving

It is also important to consider that motorcycles are designed in a way that their tires have less traction on the road, so road construction companies and local governments responsible for the roads in their jurisdictions may be held liable. The following are just some of the dangerous road conditions that may cause motorcycle accidents:

  • Absent or inadequate barriers, such as dividers and guardrails
  • Faded white and yellow lines
  • Lack of road and warning signs
  • Malfunctioning traffic lights
  • Uneven pavements, including cracks and potholes