Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that Colorectal Cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the United States?

In 2000, March was declared National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Since then, it has grown to be a large focus for a community of survivors and supporters who come together every year to raise awareness about the condition. Colorectal cancer is the cancer of the colon or rectum, located in the lower end of the digestive tract.

So what are the symptoms?

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Blood in stool
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Constipation
  • Passing excessive amounts of gas
  • Fatigue and weight loss

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, affecting both men and women. However, with early detection and screening, it is often preventable.

Around the age of 50, men and women should start scheduling regular colorectal screenings. Screening tests can help doctors find and remove any precancerous abnormal growths early-on, when treatment is most effective. Screening can also detect if cancer is present in the colon. This early detection is important when it comes to successful treatment.

Take action and contact us today to schedule an appointment for a screening.