Colorectal cancer, which is cancer of the colon or rectum, is the third most common type of cancer and second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, when patients, survivors, and caregivers are encouraged to share their stories, raise awareness, and educate others on the importance of early detection. Together, we can help advocate for increased awareness and support research to help reduce the number of people affected by this illness.
To help promote the cause, we have put together the most important facts you should know about colorectal cancer and ways to get involved this month. Keep reading to learn more.
Common warning signs of colon cancer include:
It’s important to note that many individuals with colon cancer do not experience any symptoms during the early stages of this disease. Oftentimes, blood loss can build up and lead to anemia. This is why it is crucial that you schedule a routine colon cancer screening to ensure that you are healthy. Most people begin screenings between the ages of 45 and 50. However, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine at what age you should begin your colon cancer screenings.
While doctors aren’t certain what causes most colon cancers, there are some risk factors that make you more likely to be diagnosed with it. Colorectal cancer usually affects older adults, but it can be diagnosed at any age in both men and women. Factors that may increase your risk of colorectal cancer include:
If you are experiencing any symptoms or possess the risk factors listed above, it is best to speak with a physician right away. He or she can answer any questions or concerns you may have about your colon health. Several colon cancer screening options exist, and your doctor can determine the best option for you.
While the following lifestyle changes cannot prevent colorectal cancer, they can help reduce your risk of the disease. In addition, these lifestyle changes are beneficial to your overall health, which helps reduce your risk of many other diseases. Lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer include:
From spreading awareness to donating your time or money, there are many ways to get involved in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Some ideas include:
If you are older than 45 or experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it’s important that you speak with one of our digestive health experts at Digestive Healthcare Center. Our experienced physicians will ensure that you receive an accurate and thorough colon cancer screening procedure, such as a colonoscopy. Our practice proudly offers procedures and treatments for a variety of gastroenterological conditions. With telemedicine appointments available as well as in the office, now is the perfect time to get on top of your digestive health. For more information about our Hillsborough, Somerville, and Warren, New Jersey offices and Colorectal Cancer, please contact us today.
At Digestive Healthcare Center, we want each patient at our three offices in New Jersey to feel confident about their digestive health. We encourage you to contact us today to make an appointment with one of our expert gastroenterologists – don’t wait to start putting your digestive health first!
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