There's 12 months in a year, and every month different diseases, or health epidemics, are brought to the service to raise awareness for the devastating impact that a disease can cause. Everyone knows that October is for breast cancer awareness, and February is all about heart disease. However, March is sometimes looked over when it comes to bringing awareness to a health cause. That's why doctors, and cancer survivors, want to paint the month of March blue to bring awareness to colon cancer. Let's learn more about this terrible disease.
What is colon cancer?
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women, excluding skin cancers. It's a cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. Colon cancer usually starts with a growth, otherwise known as a polyp. This polyp can grow into the rectum wall causing difficulty for digestion in the body.
What are the known risk factors for colon cancer?
With any type of cancer there are risk factors that a person can change and risk factors that a person cannot change. Some risk factors associated with colon cancer that are changeable are, smoking, physical inactivity, being overweight, and being a heavy drinker. Some risk factors for colon cancer that a person likely cannot change include, being over the age of 50, having a family history of colon cancer, your racial background, having diabetes, having a personal history with inflammatory bowel disease.
How can I prevent colon cancer?
One way to prevent colon cancer is make changes in your life if you indulge in any of the changeable risk factors of colon cancer, which are listed above. However, the best way to prevent colon cancer is to catch is early on. Which means screening for the disease is the best way to survive it. Screening for colon cancer includes, a colonoscopy, and a CT scan. Catching colon cancer before you have any symptoms is the best way to treat it.
With colon cancer being one of the most common forms of cancer, March is deemed as colon cancer awareness month. Make sure in March, especially if you are over the age of 50, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy, or a CT scan to catch this horrible disease early on. If you have any questions about your risk for colon cancer, or about our imaging services, contact Advanced Imaging Centers . Also, you can make your appointment with us online today! Don't let colon cancer win, get screened in the month of March.