March is Colon/Colorectal Cancer awareness month! Colon Cancer is cancer in the colon and Colorectal Cancer is cancer in the colon as well as the rectum.
Here are a few facts about Colon/Colorectal Cancer to raise awareness:
- Colon/Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in America
- When it comes to cancer deaths, Colon/Colorectal cancer takes second place in America
- 90% of Colon/Colorectal cancer patients are 50 years old or older
- Colon/Colorectal cancer has a lot to do with family history- if your parent, sibling, child, etc. have had colon cancer, your risk increases by two to three times more
- Prevent Colon/Colorectal Cancer with a healthy diet and regular check ups to the doctor, including a colonoscopy at the age 50 years
- Some symptoms of Colon/Colorectal Cancer that should not be ignored include: changes in bowel movement, blood in stool, abdominal discomfort/pain/cramps, bloating, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss
- Colon/Colorectal cancer can be diagnosed with a Colonoscopy or through CT scans
- Colon/Colorectal cancer can be treated through chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery
About three years ago my father was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer. Now that I see what cancer really does to a patient and to a family, I want to spread the knowledge and share with other the importance of going to the doctors when you feel sick. I would also like to emphasize to get a colonoscopy at age 50 with your yearly check up! This is so very important. Please do share this post, so that others can be educated on different types of cancers. Together, we can fight against cancer.