Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer awareness month and we want to show our support and rally around all those currently in the fight and all those that lost their battle with this awful disease.

Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths in the US for men & women.  Many colorectal cancers can be prevented or caught early when they are easier to treat. That’s why getting screened is so important. 

Although colorectal cancer might not cause symptoms right away, some of the symptoms to be aware of are:

•A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days.

•A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that’s not relieved by having one.

•Rectal bleeding with bright red blood.

•Blood in the stool, which might make the stool look dark brown or black.

•Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain.

•Weakness and fatigue.

•Unintended weight loss.

There are many lifestyle-related factors that have been linked to colorectal cancer that people can adjust in hopes to avoid this disease. Living a healthy lifestyle of a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and regular exercise could help to lower your risk of colorectal cancer.

Let’s do our part to help share awareness about early detection and get screened. 

Source: ACA American cancer association