March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a time when we take the opportunity to raise awareness about this deadly disease. Colon cancer is a type of cancer that affects the large intestine (colon) and rectum. It occurs when abnormal cells grow uncontrollably in the lining of the colon, which can then invade nearby tissues and organs or spread to other parts of the body.

While colon cancer can occur in people of all ages, it is most commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 50. Some of the symptoms of colon cancer include abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, blood in the stool, and unexplained weight loss. It is important to note that many people with colon cancer do not experience any symptoms in the early stages, which is why regular screenings are so important.

image of the colon being held by a person with medical gloves on. A magnifying glass enlarges a portion of the colon showing polyps

Cancer Screenings

Screening tests for colon cancer include a colonoscopy, which is a procedure that allows doctors to examine the lining of the colon for signs of cancer or precancerous growths called polyps. Other tests include fecal occult blood tests (FOBT) and stool DNA tests, which can detect blood or DNA markers in the stool that may be indicative of colon cancer.

If colon cancer is detected early, there are several potential cures available. Treatment options include surgery to remove the cancerous tissue, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. The type of treatment recommended will depend on the stage of the cancer and other factors unique to each individual case.

While there is no surefire way to prevent colon cancer, there are steps that you can take to reduce your risk. Eating a healthy diet that is high in fiber and low in red and processed meats can help reduce your risk of colon cancer. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce your risk. Additionally, it is recommended that you quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption.

One simple thing you can do to prevent colon cancer is to use The PoopSTICK. The PoopSTICK is a simple device that raises your knees above your hips when you sit on the toilet, which can help to relax the colon and ease your bowel movements. By making it easier to have a bowel movement, The PoopSTICK can help reduce your risk of developing colon cancer.

In conclusion, colon cancer is a serious disease that affects millions of people each year. By staying aware of the signs and symptoms of colon cancer, and by taking steps to prevent the disease, you can help reduce your risk of developing this deadly disease. Remember to use The PoopSTICK and to schedule regular screenings with your doctor, as early detection is key to successful treatment. Let’s all work together to raise awareness about colon cancer and help save lives.

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