March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer is the second most common cause of US Cancer deaths.  Early stages of Colorectal Cancer have no signs or symptoms.  Warning signs usually indicate more advanced progress of the disease and can include rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits, cramping in the lower abdomen and blood in the stool.

What should you do? Talk to your doctor at your annual check up to see if a simple stool test at home is the right screening for you.  Beginning at the age of 50, those with no symptoms should consider Colonoscopy every 10 years.  Talk to your doctor about the right method for screening for you!  You can do your part to prevent colorectal cancer.  Prevention of colorectal cancer includes physical activity for 30 minutes most days of the week, limit intake of high saturated fat foods, eliminate tobacco use, limit alcohol intake and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.  Visit www.cancer.org for more information.