March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it.

Who’s At Risk?

  • The risk of colorectal cancer increases with age, beginning around 40 years of age
  • Those who have a family history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps
  • People with inflammatory bowel disease

What Are the Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?

Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer sometimes goes undetected because of the lack of symptoms. But the following are common symptoms:

  • Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement)
  • Stomach pain, aches or cramps that do not go away
  • Losing weight and you don’t know why

Sources: CDC.gov and AHRQ.gov

Entry filed under: Managing your health, To Your Health.

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