March is colorectal cancer awareness month.
Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum also called the large intestine. The colon and rectum are both part of the gastrointestinal tract. The intestinal tract processes food for energy. And it also gets rid of the waste from the body. A healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk. Regular screening is also important. 1 in 20 US Americans are affected with colorectal cancer. There are approximately 140,000 cases each year. Incidence and death rate increases with age. More than 90% of cases diagnosed occur in people over the age of 50. Testing can often find the cancer early. Usually the earlier the better. Early stages of cancer are most treatable. Especially at first, people don’t always show signs of symptoms. You could have polyps or cancer and not know it. Thanks to improvements in prevention, early detection, and treatment more than 1 million people in the US count themselves as survivors of colon or rectum cancer. Colorectal cancer can be prevented. It is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer. It is also the third leading cause of cancer death. The American Cancer Society recommends to start screening at age 50 unless at a higher risk. If risk isn’t high, testing is recommended every 10 years. CompassionCare Hospice wants you to wear blue for colorectal cancer awareness the month of March. By wearing blue we are honoring and remembering those touched by colorectal cancer, but we are also motivating others to get screened.