March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!
Today’s post is written by Heather Powell, Manager of the COE Department & Project Manager at SafeSourcing Inc.
Colon cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people 50 years or older. It is the third most common cancer in the United States, behind only lung and prostate cancers in men and lung and breast cancers in women, and the second leading cause of cancer death.
In fact, it is estimated that in 2013, 50,830 people will die of colon cancer. But the truth is: it doesn’t have to be this way. If everyone 50 years or older had a regular screening test, as many as 80% of deaths from colon cancer could be prevented.
Colon cancer is on the rise in the under 50 population too. Four words you don’t expect to hear when you’re young. But cancer doesn’t care how old you are. And colon cancer, although considered an older man’s disease, can strike anyone at any time. The hard reality: you’re never too young for colon cancer. That’s why we need to educate ourselves about the risks of this disease now.
Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing colorectal cancer. Having any of these things may increase your risk—
• Inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis.
• A personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps.
• A genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (Lynch syndrome).
If you think you may be at high risk for colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor about when and how often to get tested.
There are few symptoms of colorectal cancer. Please visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/ColorectalAwareness/ for a list of symptoms, and screening methods.
Wear BLUE March 7, 2014!
National Dress In Blue Day™ fundraising efforts will benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance’s mission and screening, patient support and research programs. – See more at: http://support.ccalliance.org/site/TR?fr_id=1830&pg=entry#sthash.qoGkHI7X.dpuf
Colon Cancer has touched several SafeSourcing employees’ lives and we care about our readers, customers, and vendor community health and happiness.
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