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Hidden Risk for Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and a leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. Colorectal cancer is second only to lung cancer in U.S. cancer deaths.
If you're turning 50 this year, give yourself the gift of a colonoscopy screening! When detected early it has a 90 percent or better cure rate! Colon cancer is slow growing, so if detected early you can stop a tumor from becoming malignant. If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor - they may be caused by colorectal cancer or a non-cancerous condition.
Symptoms of colorectal cancer may include:
- A change in bowel habits; this could be diarrhea, constipation or a narrowing of the stool that lasts for more than a few days
- A continuing feeling that you need to have a bowel movement
- Bleeding from the rectum, dark stools or blood in the stool
- Cramping or steady abdominal pain
- Weakness or tiredness
- Unintentional weight loss
There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.
Check out the factors that can increase your risk for colorectal cancer.