Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Improving your general health could reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer and many other diseases.

Colorectal cancer is a major health concern in the US, being the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. It is often referred to as colon or rectum cancer. In response to this alarming statistic, President Joe Biden declared March 2024 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This month-long initiative aims to enhance education, promote early detection, and advance treatment research for colorectal cancer.

Prevention and Awareness Save Lives

These March events aim to spotlight colorectal cancer and encourage more people to get screened starting at the age of 45. One in 24 men or women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer throughout their life. Since most patients do not have symptoms, screening can help in two ways:

  • Find warning signs and let doctors take preventive actions.

  • Find cancer early and increase treatment effectiveness.

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The Importance of Screening?

Screening for colorectal cancer is a crucial step in reducing mortality rates and enhancing treatment effectiveness. Regular screenings, offered through various tests, can detect abnormal tissue early, making treatment more manageable.

There are five primary types of available tests for colorectal cancer screening, including:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Fecal occult blood test
  • Virtual colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • DNA stool test

Risk Factors and Prevention

Embracing a healthier lifestyle remains a cornerstone in colorectal cancer prevention. Recognized risk factors include sedentary behavior, obesity, tobacco smoking, and a poor diet. To mitigate these risks, individuals can take proactive steps such as:

  • Increase the intake of fruits and vegetables

  • Elevating physical activity based on overall health conditions
  • Quitting smoking tobacco products

Reducing these risk factors contributes to a healthier life and diminishes the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer. Nevertheless, periodic testing remains essential, and healthcare providers can recommend appropriate tests based on individual needs.

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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Involvement

Participation in National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is vital in spreading awareness and education. This year, on March 1, 2024, we celebrate “Dress in Blue Day.” People show their support and enthusiasm for lifesaving colorectal cancer screening by wearing blue.

Opportunities to get involved include:

  • Sharing personal stories on social media
  • Hosting or attending fundraising events
  • Wearing blue to honor patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals

At Signature Health Services, we aim to get informed, get screened if needed, and do our best to assist colorectal cancer patients and their families. So please call us if you have any concerns regarding these or other subjects. We will be happy to be part of your care team.

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