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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: A reminder to prioritize screening

March 04, 2024 Uncategorized

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about one of the most prevalent yet preventable forms of cancer. Colorectal cancer, which affects the colon or rectum. The silver lining lies in the fact that it’s highly preventable through timely screenings and lifestyle modifications.

People may not experience noticeable symptoms until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage, making treatment more challenging. That’s why proactive screening is important in detecting colorectal cancer in its early, more treatable stages.

Screening for colorectal cancer typically involves tests like colonoscopies, stool tests, and sigmoidoscopies. The American Cancer Society recommends regular screenings starting at age 45, but some healthcare providers may advise earlier screenings based on individual risk factors.

Dietary choices, physical activity levels, smoking habits, and alcohol consumption all contribute to an individual’s risk profile. By engaging in meaningful discussions with healthcare providers, individuals can gain valuable insights into lifestyle modifications that can lower their risk of developing colorectal cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month serves as a reminder of the importance of proactive screening and open dialogue with healthcare providers. By prioritizing screenings and engaging in candid conversations about colorectal health, individuals can take meaningful steps towards preventing colorectal cancer and improving overall well-being.

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