Butt. Bottom. Poop. Do I have your attention?
No, I’m not trying to get your backseat listeners to laugh at potty humor. I am trying to raise your awareness that it is Colorectal Cancer Month.
Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, occurs in the colon or rectum.
According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, this disease takes the lives of more than 50,000 people every year. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the US, and the second leading cause of cancer death. According to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, colon cancer can be preventable, treatable and beatable. However, many people are uncomfortable about the prospect of a colonoscopy or embarrassed to discuss symptoms like diarrhea with their doctors.
Risk factors for colon cancer include being over 50, having a family history of colon cancer, smoking and carrying extra pounds. Being physically active, eating fruits, vegetables and other good sources of fiber, and getting screened can help prevent colorectal cancer or catch it early. Symptoms of colon cancer include blood in the stool, bloating, cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, and exhaustion.
Don’t die from embarrassment. Talk to your doctor about getting screened. Screening is the #1 way to prevent colon cancer because it finds cancer in the early stages, or, before it even has the chance to grow or develop.