Last year alone, more than 50,000 people died of colon cancer – enough to fill an entire stadium. Colorectal cancer (which can start in either the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths of men and women. Yet, if caught early, it is one of the most curable cancers.
My vibrant sister had no idea that something deadly was brewing in her colon when she was 55. She thought she was having lower back pain and was planning to visit a doctor. Before she had a chance to keep that appointment, she found herself in terrible pain and after emergency surgery, was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. She died four years later at the age of 59.
If I only knew then what I know now, my sister might still be alive. Recognize Possible Symptoms: • Having diarrhea or constipation or other bowel changes • Feeling that your bowel does not empty completely • Finding blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool • Finding your stools are narrower than usual • Frequently having gas pains or cramps, or feeling full or bloated • Losing weight with no known reason • Feeling very tired all the time • Having nausea or vomiting
Here's the tricky part: Just because you have one or more of these symptoms doesn't necessarily mean that you have cancer. Other health problems can cause the same symptoms. But that's no reason to ignore the symptoms. Usually, early cancer does not cause pain. It is important not to wait to feel pain before seeing a doctor. Anyone with any of these symptoms should see a doctor to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
Get Screened. It could save your life or someone you love! Sources: Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation [ Prevention ] National Cancer Institute [ Symptoms ]
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