March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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Early detection of colon cancer and cancer of the rectum can save a life! Because it is unlikely that you will experience symptoms of these diseases in the early stages, it's vital that you stay up-to-date with proper testing. For someone with an average risk of getting the disease, screening with a stool test or colonoscopy typically begins at age 50. If you have higher risk factors for the disease, including prior growths and polyps or a family history of colorectal cancer, your physician may recommend that testing begin earlier.

In the later stages of colorectal cancer, symptoms may include constipation, diarrhea, blood in the stool, pain in the pelvis or rectum, and unexplained weight loss. It is important that you see your physician as soon as possible if you experience these symptoms to determine the cause.

The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases as you age, but living a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk. Exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, eat plenty of fiber - fruits and vegetables, limit alcohol use, and do not smoke.

If you'd like to discuss any possible symptoms you're experiencing or how to reduce your risk factors, please contact us today to make an appointment with one of our providers.

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