Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in either the colon or rectum and are often grouped together because they have many features in common. It can be better known as colon cancer for short, or rectal cancer depending on where it starts.
Each year, more than 50,000 families across the country lose a loved one to colorectal cancer — the fourth most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in America. (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/02/28/a-proclamation-on-national-colorectal-cancer-awareness-month-2022/)
To raise awareness to this disease, March has been implemented to be National Colorectal Cancer Month. Signs and symptoms can be hard to recognize in the early stages of colorectal cancer, so it is recommended to have your first colonoscopy at age 45, if no abnormalities are found and you don’t have an increased risk of colon cancer, it is recommended to be repeated every 10 years. If you do have a family history of this cancer, it may be recommended to have a colonoscopy at an earlier age.
Common signs of colorectal Cancer are:
Remember to always consult with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
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