Health & Wellness

March, A Time to Act Against Colorectal Cancer



In March, we observe Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a key period for shining a light on the need for early detection and prevention of cancer which is among the most common worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, around 10% of all cancers are colorectal, making it the third highest in overall cancer rankings.

A Worrying Trend

While there’s been an overall drop in cases because more people know about colorectal cancer and get screened, there’s bad news too. More young people those below 50 are getting sick with it. This alarming rise has led health experts to recommend that screenings start at age 45 instead of older. They believe catching the disease early makes it easier to deal with.

Doctors such as Ronald Charles from University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center think our way of life is partly to blame, including what we eat and how little we move around. Unfortunately, not all professionals agree on cut-and-dried reasons for this uptick in younger sufferers because obesity might be pushing these numbers up. The real reasons are still being studied. What’s for sure is catching it early and changing your lifestyle are key to fighting this disease.

A Personal Journey, Dana Saunders’ Story

Dana Saunders is 61 and battled stage two colon cancer. He changed his diet to vegan, stopped eating all meat, and started exercising more on purpose. His fight with cancer and the fact he lost his mother to it show why it’s important to know about this disease and take action for your health.

The Importance of Screening

It’s really important to test for colorectal cancer because it can find the disease in its early stages, even before you feel sick. The American Cancer Society says to look out for certain signs like changes in how often you go number two, blood when you go to the bathroom, belly pain, and more.

Stomach pain and sudden weight loss can be worrisome. Yet if you get screened early, your chances of getting cancer drop a lot.

Recently, there’s been progress in how we screen for diseases. You’ve got these easy-to-use test kits that you can use at home if you’re over 45. They check for hidden blood in your poopa sign that might mean you have colorectal cancer. Usually, you’ll know what’s up within a fortnight. These new tricks are making it easier for everyone to stay on top of their health and hopefully cut down the number of people who get colorectal cancer big time.

Tackling the Problem With Home Tests

You can now check yourself for colorectal cancer with stuff like FIT or Cologuard right from your couch. Doctors think they’re great because you don’t have to do much before using them, unlike those old-school colonoscopies. Got a weird result? Then it’s probably time to have a chat with your doctor.

Doctors suggest further tests.

Steven Briggs, who heads the medical team at Sanford Health Fargo, talks about how easy and helpful these tests can be at home. They help us find more people who have the disease early on when it’s easier to deal with, with the hope of cutting down on how often colorectal cancer happens later.

Conclusion, Working Together to Stop Cancer

The month dedicated to knowing more about colorectal cancer is not just a time to spread awareness. it’s a push for everyone to look after their own health better. If we catch the illness soon through screening, change our habits for the better, and use all the tools we’ve got, we can knock down the number of cases as a team. Colorectal cancer is something we can often spot early, treat right away, and sometimes stop before it even starts – if we put in enough effort and resources.

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