This is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. I know this is a sensitive subject to some of you but you need to take your health into your own hands and talk to your doctor about Colorectal Cancer.
For anyone who has had a relative or friend pass away from Colorectal Cancer you know how painful this disease is. To watch someone you care about go through so much pain is heart breaking. You wish deep down inside “If only they had gotten a colonoscopy”.
There will be 143,000 new cases of colon cancer diagnosed this year. It is estimated that 5% to 10% of all colorectal cancers are explained by a heredity. Colon Cancer deaths can be cut by 53% if everyone had a colonoscopy.
It’s unclear what exact causes colorectal cancers, factors such as lack of exercise, poor diet and polyps are known to contribute to the disease. Research shows that eating a lot of fruit and vegetables can help prevent colorectal cancer along with maintaining a healthy weight, being active and restricted use of alcohol.
Some of you may not know what a colonoscopy entails. This article from March of 2011 will explain what needs to be done prior to the procedure, what is done during the procedure and what to expect after the procedure.
Read what really happens during your colonoscopy (provenasaintjosephhospital.wordpress.com)
How often is colorectal cancer hereditary? (www.mskcc.org)
This Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (www.medicalnewstoday.com)