Colon Cancer Awareness
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Oakland Medical Center wants you know about colon cancer, especially if you are over the age of 50, since the risk of this type of cancer rises as one ages. According to the National Institutes of Health, people are more likely to get colon or rectal cancers if they have colorectal polyps, a family history of colorectal cancer, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, eat a diet high in fat, or smoke.
The NIH advises that symptoms of colorectal cancer include
- Diarrhea or constipation
- A feeling that your bowel does not empty completely
- Blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool
- Stools that are narrower than usual
- Frequent gas pains or cramps, or feeling full or bloated
- Weight loss with no known reason
- Nausea or vomiting
Screening tests are important for everyone over age 50. Check for blood in the stool and talk with your doctor about getting a colonoscopy.
Your Oakland Medical Center doctor can answer your questions about types of colon cancer and advise you on risks involved because of family history or lifestyle choices.
More on colon cancer from the NIH >
More on colon cancer awareness from ColonCancerCoalition.org >