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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Categories: Preventive Healthcare, Health Education

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

 Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the US.  It’s also the third most commonly diagnosed cancer. The good news is that it is largely preventable and treatable. A 5-year survival rate of 90 % was shown in a recent research study… but only IF it’s caught early. When colorectal cancer is detected in later stages, survival rates drop significantly.

 Get the facts and make healthy choices.  It could save your life! 

 Here’s what you need to know:

  • Know your genetic risk factors: If a parent, sibling, or child has had colon cancer, you’re more likely to get it.
  • Know your lifestyle risk factors:  These can include smoking, alcohol use, long-term eating of red and processed meats, being overweight, and being physically inactive.
  •  Know the the disease’s symptoms:  A change in bowel movements, dark blood in your stool, and discomfort or bloating in your belly can be warning signs, though these can also be caused by something else, including hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, or inflammatory bowel disease;

 Here’s what you need to do:

  • Check out any problems you may be having.  See your New Pueblo Medicine physician sooner rather than later.
  • If you’re over age 50, talk with your New Pueblo Medicine physician about getting screened. 
  • If your physician recommends a screening, do it now!

o   A simple lab test can help detect blood or even cancer cells in the stool.

o   A colonoscopy is a safe, relatively painless outpatient procedure done under sedation.

 

Information is power! During March, which is Colorectal Awareness Month, we at New Pueblo Medicine urge you to consider your risk factors and be aware. It’s another way we try to treat you well, make you well, and help you stay well for life.