Wear Blue for Colon Cancer Awareness
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, the month dedicated to spread the word about colon and colorectal cancer and early detection. And why is it so important? According to the American Cancer Society, excluding skin cancers, colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the USA and one that you should be aware of.
Colon (also referred to as colorectal) cancer is cancer that begins in the last part of the digestive system, the colon and rectum.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2010, over 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer were diagosed and caused more than 50,000 deaths.Â While these numbers are high, the number of deaths caused by colorectal cancer are dropping each year do to early detection.
Within the past 2 years, I have had to take both my parents for a procedure called a colonoscopy which is when doctors use a camera to view the inside of the rectum and colon to detect abnormal growths which could be cancerous.Â While both a little nervous about it, they both told me after the fact that the procedure itself was nothing.Â They didn’t even remember it.Â The prep the day before was probably the most time consuming, but other than that, it was very easy.
And the best part – they both came out of the procedure with good news.Â My mom had no issues at all.Â My dad had the beginnings of what could have eventually become a polyp (a growth that could have become cancerous), but they removed it and it was benign.
Most doctors recommend that you have a colonoscopy at age 50 unless there is a family history.Â In that case, they may want you to have one earlier than 50.Â Whether you have a family history of it or not, it’s best to ask your doctor what they think you should do to help prevent colon cancer.Â With early screening and intervention, colon cancer can be prevented.
To learn more about colon and colorectal cancer, please visit the American Cancer Society website.
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