Monday, March 17, 2008

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

You have the power to prevent colon cancer.

Are you 50 or older? The American Cancer Society recommends that you get tested. Even if you haven't reached 50 yet, get tested if you have a history of colon cancer in your family(Start testing 10 years younger than the age your relative was when they were diagnosed), or if you feel the need. Remember, colon cancer often has no detectable symptoms. So, if you detect something wrong, like blood in your stool, or unexplained abdominable pain, see your doctor. And press for answers if you aren't satisfied with what you are told.

Regardless of race or gender, everyone needs to be screened for colon cancer. This year an estimated 50,000 people will die from the disease, despite the fact that colon cancer is one of the most treatable and survivable forms of cancer.

Colon cancer almost always starts with a polyp, a small growth on the lining of the colon or rectum. Finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous can stop it before it starts. In my case, I was diagnosed with one cancerous polyp in July 2006. One month later, I had a colon resection and every check up since has revealed no evidence of disease.

There are several tests to check for colon cancer. Talk with your doctor or nurse about these tests, how often they are done, and which test is best for you!

Share this message – save a life.



1 comment:

Kim Meissner said...

Very well said, dear. I'm so proud of you for becoming an activist and trying to prevent anyone else from going through what you did.

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