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ColorectalCancerAwarenessMonth
       

March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


Each year, more than 140,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer and over 50,000 people die from it annually. Despite ongoing efforts by many groups to raise awareness, deaths continue to occur.


Men & Women Combined cases of cancer per year:


Lung 159,480

Colon cancer 50,830

Breast 40,030

Pancreas 38,460

(Source: American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2013. Atlanta:

American Cancer Society; 2013)



Age is the number one risk factor for colon cancer. For most people, screening should start at age 50. It  is largely preventable and almost always starts with a small growth called a polyp. If the polyp is found early, doctors can remove it and prevent colon cancer from occuring. Colon cancer is highly treatable when detected early with 5-year survival rate being about 90%. Unfortunately, only 40% are diagnosed at this early stage when treatment is most likely to be successful. Conversely, the 5-year survival rate for advanced stage (metastatic/spread) colon cancer is estimated to be between 6% and 12%. There is a myth that colon cancer is a "man's disease."  Colon cancer affects both men and women. In fact approximately 25,000 women die every year from colon cancer.


What increases one's risk?


  • Personal or family history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer


  • Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease ( Ulcerative colitis or Crohns Disease)


  • Personal or family history of hereditary colon cancer syndromes


  • If you have any of these risk factors you may need to be screened at a younger age and more frequently


Screening = Prevention & Early Detection:


  • Screening refers to testing that is done before symptoms are present


  • Screening tests allow the detection of early colon cancer when it is highly curable, as well as the detection of growths, called polyps, which can turn into cancer. In removing a pre-cancerous polyp, colon cancer can often be prevented.


  • Women and men at average risk for colon cancer need to begin screening at age 50 but African Americans start at age 45.


Symptoms:

Early colon cancer often has no symptoms at all. When present, symptoms may include: rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits, narrowing of the stool, cramping pain in the abdomen, fatigue, or unexplained weight loss. If you have symptoms, please see your doctor promptly for evaluation and diagnosis.


The Best Screening test is to get 'Scoped' by Colonoscopy.

Lets "Scope out Cancer" Together!



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