March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is one of the most prevalent and deadly cancers in the United States and the second-leading cause of cancer
death in men and women. The American Cancer Society estimates 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women will develop colorectal cancer during
What is it? - Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the rectum or colon. Both of these organs are in the lower portion of your digestive system.
The colon is also known as the large intestine. The rectum is at the end of the colon.
Symptoms - Colorectal polyps and colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms, especially at first. Someone could have polyps or colorectal cancer
and not know it. That is why getting screened regularly for colorectal cancer is so important. Symptoms, may include:
If you have any of these symptoms make an appointment to talk to your doctor and discuss getting a colon cancer screening.
Prevention - While you cannot prevent family history and age, there are many things you can do to help decrease your risk of colorectal cancer. Lifestyle
factors that may contribute to colorectal cancer are preventable, and may help reduce your overall risk of developing this disease.
Steps you can take to reduce risk:
Another preventive measure is to make sure you get a colonoscopy after the age of 50 - even if you don't have risk factors for colon cancer. The earlier
the cancer is detected, the better the outcome. Call and make an appointment with your doctor today and talk about getting a colon cancer screening.undefined
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