March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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Colorectal Cancer– Cancer of the Colon or Rectum

Here is a brief summary of facts about Colorectal Cancer:

  • 3rd most common cancer
  • Most Colorectal cancers develop slowly over many years
  • Colorectal cancer usually starts with colorectal polyps ( Abnormal growths inside the colon or rectum)

Possible Signs and Symptoms:

  • A change in bowel habits
  • Diarrhea, constipation or feeling bowel doesn’t empty completely
  • Blood in stool
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • Weight loss for no reason
  • Feeling very tired

Prevention- Early Detection:

Regular screening is recommended for both men and women once they reach age 50

Helpful Links for more information:

http://fightcolorectalcancer.org/

http://www.ccalliance.org/

http://colon.cancerinformation.com/home.aspx

Also if you haven’t already read these 2 previous posts please go read them!

https://twistofamillennia.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/a-promise-kept-my-mothers-story/

https://twistofamillennia.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/world-cancer-day-my-moms-other-vision-brought-to-light/

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