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Colorectal Cancer: Know the Symptoms, Know Your Risk

Posted by on February 27, 2013 under Resources | Read the First Comment

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month kicks off Friday, March 1st with National Wear Blue Day. Experts predict that in 2013, 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer, making it the third most common cancer in the United States – surpassed only by lung and prostate cancer in men and lung and breast cancer in women. Colorectal cancer is also the 2nd deadliest cancer in the US – second only behind lung cancer.

Unlike many cancers, colorectal cancer is up to 90% treatable. Unfortunately, most people don’t think about getting checked until signs or symptoms apear – and by this time, the cancer is usually in late stages. If detected early, colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable. That’s why it’s important to:

Read on for more information, and the life you save could be your own!

Know the Symptoms

It’s important to remember that colorectal cancer can be present without any symptoms at all.  If you or someone you love has any of the following below, tell your doctor. A colonoscopy may be necessary to rule out cancer.

Symptoms can include:

  • A significant change in bowel habits, such as constipation or diarrhea that lasts more than a couple of weeks
  • Bright red or very dark blood in the stool; black stools may also indicate blood
  • A feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
  • Unexplained anemia (low number of red blood cells)
  • Stools that consistently look narrower or thinner than normal
  • Abdominal discomfort such as frequent gas pains, bloating or abdominal cramps
  • Unexpected, unexplained weight loss
  • Constant exhaustion or fatigue

Know Your Risk

All adults are at risk for colorectal cancer, as well as a small percentage of children and young adults. Adult risk for colorectal cancer increases significantly over age 50, so if you’re 50 or above, make sure you’re screened regularly. Certain factors can increase your risk, such as your family history, personal medical history and lifestyle choices. Which of the following risk categories do you fall under?

Average Risk:  

  • You’re age 50 or over with no other personal or family risk factors

Increased Risk:  

  • You’ve had previous colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps, or
  • You have a family history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps

High Risk:

  • You’ve inherited Lynch Syndrome (also known as hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer or HNPCC) – a type of cancer of the digestive tract
  • You’ve inherited familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or attenuated familial adenomatous polyposis (AFAP)

Additional Lifestyle Risks:  

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diets high in fat and red or processed meat
  • Diets low in fruits and vegetables
  • Inadequate levels of Calcium and Vitamin D

Get Regular Screenings

Since up to 90% of colorectal cancers are treatable if discovered early, we can’t emphasize a regular screening program enough! Leaders in the field have estimated that up to 30,000 lives are lost unnecessarily each year, due to late-stage diagnosis.

Tests that screen for cancer and polyps:

  • Colonoscopy (Every ten years starting at age 50.) What to Expect:  the doctor examines the inside of the rectum and entire colon using a long, lighted tube called a colonoscope.
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (Every five years starting at age 50.) What to Expect:  the doctor examines your rectum and lower part of the colon with a lighted tube called a sigmoidoscope.
  • Virtual Colonoscopy (Every five years starting at age 50.) What to Expect: the doctor uses x-rays and computers to take 2- or 3-dimensional images of your colon and rectum.
  • Double-Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE) (Every five to ten years starting at age 50.) What to Expect:  the doctor pumps air and barium into your rectum. The solution shows polyps or tumors on x-rays.

 Tests That Screen for Cancer (these stool tests are less invasive, but also can’t detect polyps)

  • Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) – Guaiac FOBT (Once a year starting at age 50.) What to Expect:  you’ll submit a portion of several bowel movements to your doctor, who will test for small amounts of blood in the stool.
  • Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) – Fecal Immunochemical Test (Once a year starting at age 50.) What to Expect:  you’ll submit a portion of one to three bowel movements to your doctor, who will test for blood in the stool that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
  • Stool DNA (sDNA) (This is a new method, and the screening interval is still unknown.) What to Expect:  you’ll submit a stool sample to your doctor, who will look for certain DNA mutations caused from cancerous tumors or precancerous polyps.

Please share this article and spread the word!  Have you been screened for colorectal cancer?

Hollister Adapt Barrier Rings

Posted by on August 16, 2012 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

Hollister Adapt Convex Barrier Rings Ostomy Supplies
For individuals with sensitive skin or limited dexterity this Hollister Adapt Barrier Ring is Sting free. Total Home Care Supplies offers this ostomy accessory as an alternative to paste products.

The shape of the Hollister Adapt Barrier Ring can be changed to fit the shape of the stoma. Allowing it to fill in depressions and evens out skin contours under a skin barrier. Using other tapes can be a hassle but these are perfect and flexible to fit right where you need them to!

Hollister Adapt Convex Barrier Rings are also available.

Sur-Fit Natura Products

Posted by on July 24, 2012 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

Convatec‘s Sur-Fit Natura product line provides quality ostomy products with features that guarantee effectiveness and durability. The skin barrier technologies contain plastic rings for quick and easy barrier-to- pouch application. The barriers form to everyone’s unique shape for zero leakage. Those with active lifestyles no longer need to constantly worry or be conscious of their ostomy. Sur-Fit products are reliable and offer the security you are looking for.


•  Sur-Fit Natura Stomahesive Skin Barrier with Flange is a reliable skin barrier  with a low-profile flange that  provides excellent security because of a unique formula that enables the skin barrier/wafer to adhere to both dry and moist skin. Without tape collar. 5×5 Cut to fit.



•  ConvaTec Sur-Fit Natura Two Piece Drainable Pouch is a 12 inch drainable pouch with 2-sided comfort panel.The two-piece system provides versatility and can be removed or interchanged with other pouch types without removal of the skin barrier/wafer. Odor-proof and quiet under clothing. Includes two tail closures in each box. Opaque.



• ConvaTec Sur-Fit Natura Disposable Convex Inserts. Disposable convex insets are designed to snap into flange or ring adding convexity to the standard skin barrier for improved management of retracted stomas. For use with Sur Fit Natura skin barriers.



Also within this product line comes numerous other valuable elements. Drainable pouches are available with InvisiClose clipless tail closure or the traditional tail clip. You have choices of drainable, closed-end, or urostomy pouches, and pre-cut, cut-to-fit, or moldable barriers. Also, within drainable and closed-end pouches, there is a charcoal filter available to deodorize and release gas. Pouch comfort panels are designed to be odor-proof, and help maintain discretion. All of these great features are here for you to take advantage of!

TotalHomeCareSupplies carries numerous Convatec Sur-Fit Nutura products and sells them at an amazing price with a speedy delivery! Order your Sur-Fit products today!

Ostomy Vocabulary Lesson

Posted by on July 20, 2012 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

An ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an alternate route and artificial opening for the excretion of bodily wastes. The destination can either be into another proper digestive organ or into an outside system. For this article we will discuss the latter situation which typically targets those with colostomies, ileostomies, and urostomies.  This outside collection system is typically an ostomy pouch that attaches to the stoma (the end of the artificial path). The pouching system is held in place by a barrier, also referred to as a wafer , which is a an adhesive or air tight seal to prevent leakage.

One option when searching for an ostomy pouch is the one piece system in which the barrier is connected to the pouch, making it one unit. The one piece system is known to be more simple because everything is cohesive and connected. How ever, the entire system should be changed every twenty four hours.

New Image Lock N Roll Drainable 2 Piece Pouch at TotalHomeCareSupplies.com

The two piece system is different because the barrier/wafer is separate from the pouch. On the barrier is the flange which is the connecting piece to the pouch and the barrier. Typically, the flange-pouch connection is similar to that of an air tight tupperware. This permits the barrier to be changed weekly, but the pouch still should be changed every day. Aside from making the decision between an one piece or two piece system, there is also the option of an open ended pouch or close ended pouch. An open ended pouch, or drainable pouch, has a feature that allows you to drain the contents of the pouch, whereas the close ended pouch is to be thrown away and replaced when full.

Which Product Is Best For You? As you can see, when choosing your pouch there are a few things to consider. Each of these options have their pros and cons, but  the decision is typically dependent on how often an individual needs to empty the contents or fills up the pouch.

When using a barrier/wafer, it must fit correctly and comfortably in order to be effective, and since everyone is built differently, there are a few choices to make when shopping.  Barriers come in a variety of sizes, so find the one that works best for you. There are some products that come pre cut, and others are cut to fit, which are customizable for each individual.

Sur-Fit Natura Stomahesive Barrier Cut to Fit -Tan at TotalHomeCareSupplies.com

Along with choosing your pouch system, there are a variety of accessories available to keep you comfortable, confident and healthy. There are a number of deodorizers, pastes, and wipes to protect against odors,  enhance sanitation, and support a more assured barrier fit. Also available are belts, tapes and adhesives for extra security, and numerous other products to suit your needs.

TotalHomeCareSupplies is here to provide you with high quality, low price ostomy products that will leave you more than satisfied.

Need Help Finding The Right Ostomy Supplies?

Posted by on June 14, 2012 under Ostomy Care | Read the First Comment

Ostomy Supplies at TotalHomeCareSupplies.com

When looking for ostomy supplies, we know you have a lot to consider.  What size of ostomy pouch do I need?  What color of ostomy pouch should I use?  Do I want a 1 piece ostomy system or a 2 piece ostomy system?  Do I want closed ostomy bags or drainable ostomy pouches?  Which brand of ostomy supplies is best for me?

At TotalHomeCareSupplies.com, we make it easy for you to find the right ostomy supplies for less.

From our Ostomy Products, search for ostomy accessories, barriers with flanges, closed pouches and drainable pouches.  Click here to view all of our ostomy supplies.  Or better yet, sort by brand for the colostomy or urostomy supplies you use every day.

Hollister Ostomy Supplies

ConvaTec Ostomy Supplies

Coloplast Ostomy Supplies

Cymed Ostomy Supplies

Nu-Hope Ostomy Supplies

 Always count on TotalHomeCareSupplies.com for fast, free discreet shipping for all your ostomy product needs.

Online Resources For Ostomy Advice And Support

Posted by on March 25, 2012 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

Whether you’re new to managing an ostomy or would like to find the latest resources and support tools, Total Home Care Supplies can help you find what you need. From ostomy product options and support groups to ostomy manufacturer resources, there’s a solution for each of your concerns and people with similiar issues to offer support.

Best Online Ostomy Resources

MeetAnOstomate.org | This helpful online community of ostomates has over 7,500 members and over 32,000 forum posts about ostomy issues and topics. What you’ll find here is a great place to meet other ostomates, make new friends and get all the answers you need to your ostomy questions.

United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) | The UOAA is a national organization with excellent resources and experience in supporting the ostomy community. All over the map, there’s an Ostomy Support Group. Most ostomy support groups hold regular meetings that bring people together offering solutions, comfort and a place to share and learn. Find a support group in your area.

Hollister.com Learning Center | As one of the leading manufacturers of ostomy products, Hollister offers every aspect of educational support for ostomates. Their online learning center includes education booklets, helpful hints, product instructions and stoma measuring guides.

GreatComebacks.com | Sponsored by ConvaTec, the Great Comebacks® Program recognizes these inspirational individuals, both in their personal lives and in their contributions to their communities. Discover and learn from motivating people who are living a full and productive life after an ostomy surgery. Share your story for a chance to win a Great Comebacks® Award.

TotalHomeCareSupplies.com | Total Home Care Supplies is backed by more than 50 years of experience in ostomy products with reliable home delivery to customers. Customers enjoy free shipping on orders over $40, monthly coupons and an online EZ Ship program to automate ostomy supply shipments. Discover the most competitive online pricing on drainable pouches, closed-end pouches, ostomy skin barriers and a full line of ostomy accessories to comfortably manage an ostomy.