Good Day Alabama for March 3, 2014 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for March 3, 2014

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for March 3, 2014:

AMERICAN IDOL - The American Idol top 13 contestants performed last week for your votes. They each performed a song that they felt best suited them. Kristen O'Connor from Sebastian, Florida, ended up with the lowest votes and headed home. Mike and Janice got the chance to catch up with her. For more on this season of American Idol, visit

DR. ASA - Janice talked with Dr. Asa Andrew - known as America's Health and Lifestyle Coach®. He is also a national best-selling author, radio and TV host, and founder of Diagnosis HOPE, a non-profit dedicated to health education and supporting the uninsured. He has dedicated his life to helping others thrive in their health. Today he discussed how our daily habits keep us from our weight-loss goals:
1.Not Eating Enough
2.Staying Away From Junk Food
3.Skipping Breakfast
4.Not Eating Complete Meals and Grazing
5.Exercising More Than 45 Minutes A Day
6.Drinking Everything But Water

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COLON CANCER - Janice talked with Dr. Vanosia Faison about National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the US and is the third leading cause of cancer death for men and women.  Colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as colon cancer) usually starts with a polyp - a small growth on the lining of the colon or rectum. Colon cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable. It can be prevented by finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous and is highly treatable if found in its early stages.  An estimated 96,830 cases of colon and 40,000 cases of rectal cancer are expected to occur in 2014. An estimated 50,310 deaths from colorectal cancer are expected to occur in 2014, accounting for 9% of all cancer deaths. Death rates for colorectal cancer have declined in both men and women over the past two decades; from 2006 to 2010, the rate declined by 2.5% per year in men and by 3.0% per year in women. This decrease reflects declining incidence rates and improvements in early detection and treatment.  A significant number of US colon cancer cases and deaths each year could be prevented if everyone age 50 and older got regular testing for colon cancer. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death among African American men and women.  The five-year survival rate for colon cancer among African Americans has been increasing over the last three decades, and the death rate has been declining since 1990.  While survival and death rates are improving for African Americans, they still have the highest death rate from colon cancer of all racial or ethnic groups in the US and are less likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. Colon cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Hispanic/Latino men and women. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic/Latino men and the third leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic/Latino women.
     Risk factors include age - the chance of having colon cancer increases with age. More than 90 percent of cases are diagnosed in individuals 50 and older.  A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease or a personal or family history of colon cancer or polyps increases the chance of having colon cancer. Also, there are certain genetic factors that increase the likelihood of having colon cancer, including conditions called familial adenomatous polyposis (known as FAP or Gardner's syndrome), or Lynch syndrome (also known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer or HNPCC). Being of Ashkenazi Jewish, African American, Alaska Native or American Indian descent increases the risk of colon cancer. Obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, heavy alcohol use, a diet high in red or processed meat, and not eating enough fruits and vegetables also increase your chance of having colon cancer.
     There are steps you can take to reduce your chance of having colon cancer:  Begin testing at age 50.  You should talk to your doctor about beginning testing before age 50 if your parent, child, brother or sister had colon cancer or colon polyps, or if you have a family history of Lynch syndrome or FAP. Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active. Eat a well-balanced diet that is high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Limit the amount of red meat and processed meat that you eat.  Limit the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women, and quit or avoid smoking.
     Colon polyps and early colon cancer usually cause no symptoms and can be detected by available colon cancer screening tests. However, as colon cancer progresses, the disease may cause symptoms. People with the following symptoms should see their doctor immediately: achange in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation or narrowing of the stool that lasts for more than a few days; a feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that doesn't go away even after you do have a bowel movement; bleeding from the rectum or blood in the stool; cramping or gnawing stomach pain that lasts for more than a few days; and weakness and fatigue.
     The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women at average risk for colon cancer begin regular testing at age 50.  Those at increased risk should talk to their doctor about starting testing before age 50.  Tests that can detect precancerous polyps and cancer are preferred to tests that detect cancer alone if patients have access to and are willing to have these tests. Tests that detect precancerous polyps and cancer include Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, Colonoscopy every 10 years, Double contrast barium enema (DCBE) every five years, and CT colonography (CTC) every five years. Tests that primarily detect cancer include yearly guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) with high test sensitivity for cancer (Older versions of the Fecal Occult Blood Test should not be used to test for colorectal cancer); yearly fecal immunochemical test (FIT) with high test sensitivity for cancer, and Stool DNA test (sDNA).

     Surgery is the most common form of treatment for colon cancer. For cancers that have not spread, it frequently controls the disease. Chemotherapy or chemotherapy with radiation treatment is given before or after surgery to most patients whose cancer has spread into the bowel wall or to the lymph nodes. A permanent colostomy (creation of an abdominal opening for elimination of body wastes) is very seldom needed for colon cancer and is frequently not required for rectal cancer. When colon cancer is detected at an early (localized) stage, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent; however only 40 percent of colon cancers are detected at this stage. This is due, in part, to too few people being tested. There is a 70 percent chance of five-year survival when the cancer has spread to nearby organs or lymph nodes. Once the cancer has spread to distant organs, the five-year survival rate is about 13 percent. For more information, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh worked out on this Exercise Monday! He joined us with Curtis Starks at EVO. For more information, call (205) 583-3000.

ASK THE GARDENER - Landscape Designer and gardener Jimmy Rockett took questions from viewers about their gardening needs. For more information, call Jimmy at (205) 981-1151, email him at, or visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama
, when it comes to life insurance - don't be surprised! We show you how to make sure your family is properly protected in Money Tuesday! New food labels headed our way? Our nutritionist explains the differences and how it affects the way you shop! New books on store shelves for you to read .... We show you a few options to entertain you! Jeh Jeh takes us to check out a new trail on Red Rock Tuesday! And our gardener joins us with advice on what prep work you should be doing now to have a great garden this spring and summer! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama.

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