Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer in both men and women in the United States.
It is also one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and doctors are encouraging anyone over the age of 50 to schedule a screening test. There are usually no major physical symptoms of colorectal cancer until it hits the advanced stages. Practice administrator John Whitfield said, “You may have some cramping. You may have some bloating. You may even have some blood show up in your stool but most people can write it off as straining too hard or over exerting themselves and they don’t really pay attention to it.”
Doctors recommend a balanced diet to support good colon health. Decrease the overall fat content of your meals and lean more toward fruits, vegetables and foods with lots of calcium.