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 March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month

 March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month


Mar 4 2014 10:09AM Posted by Chris Vallese
 

Did you know that after the age of 50, your chance for Colorectal Cancer increases by 90%, but did you also know that this type of cancer is very treatable once caught at in early stage.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of deaths in the United States.

Colorectal cancer is a cancer that is of the rectum or colon the can show through symptoms that may include blood in or on the stool, stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away and losing weight and you don’t know why. Precancerous polyps could also be a sign, but precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer do not always cause symptoms. You can be screened starting at the age of 50 and continue regular screens until the age of 75. People who are at higher risk are those who have this type of cancer in their family, those who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis), or some types of genetic syndromes. 

To learn more about colorectal cancer and how it can be screened for and prevented, please click the link to read more. This is a very treatable disease and can significantly reduce the amount of severe cases with the proper knowledge and resources.

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/ColorectalAwareness/

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