This is an important month to raise awareness for cancer that doesn't get enough attention. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, but it can be prevented through early detection and regular screenings. So please take the time this month to learn more about colorectal cancer and how you can protect yourself from it.
What is colorectal cancer, and what are the risk factors?
Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. It is the third most common cancer in the United States, but it can be prevented through early detection and regular screenings.
Several risk factors for colorectal cancer include age, race, and family history. People over 45 are at a higher risk, as are African Americans and people with a family history of the disease.
What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer?
Symptoms of colorectal cancer can include changes in bowel habits, blood in the stool, abdominal pain, and weight loss. If you experience any of these symptoms, please see your doctor.
Early detection is critical for colorectal cancer, so screening regularly is essential. The good news is that there are several different screening tests available, so you can find one that's right for you.
How can colorectal cancer be prevented?
There are several ways to prevent colorectal cancer, including getting screened regularly, eating a healthy diet, and exercising.
Screening is an important way to prevent colorectal cancer. The good news is that there are several different screening tests available, a colonoscopy being the most preferred method. Screening tests can detect colorectal cancer early when it's more likely to be cured.
Eating a healthy diet is another important way to prevent colorectal cancer. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help reduce your disease risk.
Exercising is another good way to prevent colorectal cancer. Exercise can help reduce your risk of obesity, one of the risk factors for the disease.
How is colorectal cancer detected?
There are several different screening tests for colorectal cancer, including the fecal occult blood test, the sigmoidoscopy, and the colonoscopy.
The fecal occult blood test is a simple test that can be done at home. It involves testing a sample of your stool for traces of blood.
Sigmoidoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to see the inside of your rectum and sigmoid colon. It can be used to detect polyps and cancer.
Colonoscopy is the most common screening test for colorectal cancer. During a colonoscopy, your doctor will insert a long, thin tube called a colonoscope into your rectum and colon. This allows them to see the inside of your colon and remove any polyps that may be present.
What are the treatment options for colorectal cancer?
Several different treatment options for colorectal cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Surgery is the most common treatment for colorectal cancer. Your doctor will remove the cancerous tumor and any surrounding tissue during surgery.
Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to kill cancer cells.
Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses radiation to kill cancer cells.
How can I get involved?
There are several ways you can get involved in colorectal cancer awareness month. You can start by learning more about the disease and sharing what you know with your friends and family. You can also participate in a fundraising event or volunteer for a colorectal cancer organization.
Needham Gastroenterology Associates Has Answers
Needham Gastroenterology Associate professionals are here to help you with colorectal cancer awareness. We encourage you to contact us and set up an appointment to help answer any questions or get you screened today.