March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Henrietta Strickland
March 7, 2018

"Colorectal cancer, out of all of the the cancers affecting men and women, colorectal cancer is the number two cancer killer in the United States", Knox said.

Some people do not have symptoms of colorectal cancer at first, so screening is more important because the cancer may be caught in the early, more treatable stages. All things considered, the lifetime danger of having colon disease is around 1 out of 20.

As with many other cancers, knowledge of symptoms and risk factors, as well as routine screenings, are important in the disease's prevention.

People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer, but you also might be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

What is the colorectal cancer? Before actual cancer to develop, it typically starts as a non-dangerous polyp, an irregular development of tissue covering the colon or rectum. These growths are called polyps.

Colon cancer is very common but is largely preventable by colonoscopy. So be careful at bloody stools, smaller than typical stools, unexplained stomach pain, anaemia and sudden weight loss.

Although colorectal cancer can make its appearance at any age, 91% of the new cases and 94% of deaths happen in individuals older than 50.

Dr. Daniel Deem from Christie Clinic joins the Morning Show and in this week's Morning Rounds he is discussing colorectal cancer awareness month.

The event held Tuesday at the Lift Wellness Center is one of many colorectal cancer awareness events being held this month.

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