March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month — a time to inform people about the symptoms of the disease affecting the colon or rectum, but more importantly, the reasons they should get tested.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that if you are 50 or older to talk with your medical provider about getting screened for colon cancer.
Screening for this type of cancer can help prevent the disease by finding precancerous polyps that can be removed and the earlier the diagnosis, the better chance of treatment and survival.
According to the CDC, symptoms might include blood in your stool, stomach pains or aches that do not go away and unexpected weight loss.
While these signs don’t necessarily mean you have colon cancer, going to your doctor is not a bad idea to figure out what’s going on.
Some risk factors for this cancer range from a family history of the disease, not exercising, poor diet, being overweight and tobacco use.
If interested in finding out more about colon cancer or if you need to see a doctor at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center.