This month, we want to draw awareness to colon cancer. Simply keeping people informed about the risks and preventative measures associated with colon cancer can save lives. More than half of deaths caused by colon cancer could be prevented if all people over the age of 50 received regular screenings.
As the third most common cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer-caused deaths, colon cancer should be on your radar so that you know how to recognize symptoms and can take life-saving preventative steps.
Colon cancer is found in the large intestine and is most common in people over the age of 50. Colon cancer often begins as small groups of noncancerous cells that may become cancerous after some time.
Although there are some symptoms, such as digestive problems or abdominal pain, precancerous cells may not produce any noticeable symptoms. Therefore, it is recommended that people receive regular screenings which will allow for identification of precancerous cells that can be removed before they become cancerous.
Certain lifestyle changes may contribute to preventing colon cancer and helping maintain overall health.
Add your voice to those speaking out and bringing awareness to colon cancer. Starting important conversations and participating in raising awareness could help save lives.
March is the month for you to speak out and educate the people in your life about the importance of receiving screenings and implementing other preventative measures into daily life. We encourage you to stay educated and make your voice heard on social media and in your family to help raise awareness about colon cancer.
If you would like to learn more about colon cancer and digestive health, or if you would like to find out how to schedule a screening, please visit our Gastroenterology page.
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