National Colorectal Caner Awareness Month

When:
March 1, 2019 – March 31, 2019 all-day
2019-03-01T00:00:00-06:00
2019-04-01T00:00:00-05:00

What you need to know about colorectal cancer

RISK FACTORS

People in the following categories are at greater risk of developing the disease:

• Individuals with a personal and/or family history of polyps or cancer

• People over age 50

• Those with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease

• Individuals with the genetic conditions Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colon Cancer (HNPCC) or Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)

• Jews of Eastern European descent and certain ethnic groups including African Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and Latinos

 

SYMPTOMS

• Change in bowel habits

• Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool

• Persistent abdominal discomfort

• Nausea or vomiting

• Unexplained weight loss

• Chronic fatigue

• More than half the people diagnosed with colorectal cancer have no symptoms

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

• Get screened at age 50, or at 45 if you’re African American. Get screened earlier if you’re high risk

• Maintain a healthy weight

• Adopt a physically active lifestyle

• Eat a healthy diet

• Don’t use tobacco products

• Limit alcohol intake