Colon Cancer Awareness and You
Snyder Insurance and Financial Services urges everyone over 50 to get screened for colon cancer this March as part of Colon Cancer Awareness Month!
Believe it or not, if everyone 50 years or older had a regular screening test, as many as 80% of deaths from colon cancer could be prevented, according to the Colon Cancer Alliance.
What Is Colon Cancer?
Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S., and affects 1 in 20 Americans. There are a variety of risk factors associated with this disease such as family history, race, diet and cigarette smoking, and, while age is also an important factor, there has been an increase in people under 50 contracting the disease. So, early detection and working with your doctor to understand and mitigate your risk factors is critical to survival at any age!
Know the Symptoms
The Colon Cancer Alliance advises that you contact your doctor immediately for a colon cancer screening if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Rectal bleeding
- Weight loss with no known reason
- Weakness or fatigue
- Nausea or vomiting
- Diarrhea, constipation or narrower stools than usual
- Bowel never feels empty
- Blood in your stool (bright red or very dark)
- Persistent cramps, gas, pain, or feeling full or bloated
Learn More During Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Beyond!
To learn about colon cancer, its treatment and the critical importance of early detection, please use the links below, and be sure to pass them along to your friends and family!