March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and What that Means for You
This is what we know and Colorectal cancer. It is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.
Sometimes, there are no symptoms of Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it.
If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.
If you have symptoms, they may include:
- Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement).
- Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.
- Losing weight and you don’t know why.
- These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer. If you have any of them, see your doctor.
How Do You Get Screened?
Contact your doctor at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine at 773.435.1150.
How Can Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Make a Difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention. Communities, organizations, families, and individuals can get involved and spread the word.
Here are just a few ideas:
• Encourage families to get active together – exercise may help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
• Talk to family, friends, and people in your community about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50.
• Ask your doctor or nurse about the importance of getting screened.
A great way to spread awareness about Colorectal Cancer is to tweet or post about it on your social media accounts. This way your friends and family can be educated and help spread the word!