Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance:
- Screening is the No. 1 way to prevent or detect this disease early, when it’s most treatable. With early detection, CRC has a 90% survival rate.
- When it comes to colorectal cancer, the most common symptom is no symptom. That’s why colorectal cancer is called the silent killer. If you’re 45 and at average risk, get screened!
- Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in the US among men and women combined.
This month join District Health Department #10 bring awareness to Colorectal Cancer by wearing blue Friday, March 3. Dress in Blue Day lets allies everywhere join our mission to end colorectal cancer. All of March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal cancer, or CRC, is a disease of the colon or rectum, which are parts of the digestive system. Unlike most cancers, colorectal cancer is often preventable with screening and highly treatable when detected early. Most cases of colorectal cancer occur in people ages 45 and older, but the disease is increasingly affecting younger people.
While anyone can develop colorectal cancer, a few conditions can increase risk.
- Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
- A personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps.
- A genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (Lynch syndrome).
- Black/African Americans and Ashkenazi Jews are at higher risk.
Colorectal cancer often develops without symptoms. When they occur, symptoms may include:
- Blood in or on stool
- Persistent unusual bowel movements like constipation or diarrhea
- Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that don’t go away
- Losing weight for no reason
When Should I see a doctor?
Earlier is better! Symptoms of colon cancer and rectal cancer can be associated with many other health conditions. Only a medical professional can determine the cause of your symptoms.
The early signs of cancer often do not include pain. A medical provider should be consulted when any symptom develops. Early detection can save your life.