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If You Could Prevent Colorectal Cancer, Would You?

IF YOU COULD PREVENT COLORECTAL CANCER WOULD YOU? With colorectal cancer being the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, taking the time to understand the preventative actions available is essential to stopping the cancer before it starts. What Is Colorectal Cancer? Colorectal cancer begins in the colon or rectum. Depending on where these cancers initially develop, they can also be referred to as rectal or colon cancer. Common Signs & Symptoms Rectal Bleeding Unintended weight loss Weakness and fatigue S Blood in the stool A change in bowel habits that lasts more than a few days 9 ways To Reduce Your Risk 1 Maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle 2 Exercise Consume sufficient amounts of calcium and vitamin D 4. Avoid binge drinking 5 Consume limited amounts of red meat 6. Choose whole grains and refined grain products 77 Avoid smoking or tobacco use 8 Know your family history O Get screened Colorectal Cancer Statistics For 2015 |93,090 New cases of colon cancer 49,700 Deaths of colorectal cancer |39,610 New cases of rectal cancer Stop It Before It Starts Approximately half of deaths due to colon cancer each year could be avoided if those aged 50 and older were to be screened for colon cancer. Although some may be unable to prevent colon cancer, over 90% of those diagnosed during the early stages survive more than five years. Types of Screenings Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years CT colonography (CTC) every five years Double-contrast barium enema (DCBE) every five years Colonoscopy every 10 years Have No Fear Along with the common screenings, an option that is discussed far less involves testing your stool for cancer. Testing your stool is a non-invasive option for detecting cancer. Though these tests are easier to perform, they are less likely to detect polyps. A positive test result indicates that a follow-up colonoscopy is necessary. Great News Due to the screening process, there are more than 1 million men and women who are colorectal cancer survivors in the United States. UnityPoint Clinic

If You Could Prevent Colorectal Cancer, Would You?

shared by UnityPointClinic on Mar 03
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. Take the time to understand how it can be prevented today!



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