Buchanan Health News
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer in Americans. Unfortunately, most colorectal cancers are silent tumors. They grow slowly and often do not produce symptoms until they reach a large size. Colorectal cancer is preventable, and curable, if detected early while the tumor is still localized and has not spread.
Screenings should begin at age 50, unless you are at high risk, then you should speak with your doctor about what is the best time for you to start your screenings.
Who is at risk?
Everyone is at risk and should be screened when appropriate.
*A personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps.
*A diet high in red meats and processed meats.
*Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
*Heavy alcohol use
*Type 2 diabetes
*Women are at higher risk of colon cancer, while men are prone to develop rectal cancer.
*Diet high in fat and cholesterol and low in fiber.
*Highest Incidence of colorectal cancer is in African American men and women.
What are the symptoms?
*Persistent change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea)
*Blood on or in the stool
*Unexplained weight loss
*Loss of appetite
*Pelvic Pain, which occurs at later stages of the disease