March is Colon Cancer Awareness (or Colorectal Cancer Awareness) Month. I have been a gastroenterologist for many decades. In this time I have experienced dynamic changes in the growth of our field. We have developed incredible diagnostic tools to find cancers and now use numerous innovative treatments for colon cancer.
One in twenty people will be diagnosed with colon cancer. The screening for colon cancer is now simple and effective. Please find a board-certified gastroenterologist to evaluate you for colon cancer. I urge you to read the bullets listed below for find the information about colon cancer that every person should know.
Colorectal Cancer Facts
Listed below are some Mindful facts on colorectal cancer for you to consider.
- Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.
- According to the latest statistics, there are almost 2 million Americans today that have a history of colorectal cancer.
- According to the American Cancer Society, only 59 percent of people 50-years-old or older have received a colorectal cancer test that meets the acceptable guidelines.
- Fortunately, there is great news. Mortality rates have declined rapidly in the last decades. Statistics from the American Cancer Society state that the “relative survival rate for colorectal cancer is 65 percent at five years following diagnosis and 58 percent at 10 years.
Reduce Your Colorectal Cancer Risk
To reduce your colorectal cancer risk, consider the prevention tips listed below.
- To prevent colon cancer, be sure that you are tested regularly. To find a certified gastroenterologist in your area, check with the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
- Having a healthy diet is important for preventing colon cancer. So, try to limit your consumption of red meat and alcohol. Eating two-and-a-half cups of vegetables and fruits a day, and consuming the advised daily amount of calcium is also important. Collard greens, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach are high in the calcium you’ll need.
Bonus. According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, President Clinton officially named March the National Colon Cancer Awareness Month back in February 2000. And to spread awareness of colon cancer people usually wear blue.