Back in 2000, former President Bill Clinton declared March as the official Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Since then, Colon Cancer Awareness Month has helped raise awareness concerning the seriousness of the terrible disease and the potential warning signs and preventative measures that you can take to minimize your risk of developing colon cancer. There are over 200,000 cases of colon cancer each year, with most individuals suffering from this form of cancer over the age of 50. For this reason, everyone over 50 is advised to have a fecal occult blood test each year for early diagnosis.
While colon cancer’s symptoms are virtually undetectable in its early stages, as it develops, people suffering from colon cancer may experience:
Irregular bowel movements. May include a change in frequency, or other conditions, such as diarrhea or constipation
Blood in stool
Abnormal weight loss
Abdominal pains, including gas, cramps and intermittent pain in stomach
Unexplained drop in energy, fatigue
Because these symptoms are extremely common and often non-serious, it’s important not to overreact if you begin experiencing any of these. However, it’s smart to see a doctor anyway. Early detection can be life-saving, and going to the doctor’s office on a regular basis is always worth your time.
Here at Synergy Immediate Care, our board-certified physicians can assist in a number of ways regarding colon cancer detection. Our team can:
Provide fecal occult blood testing
Assess your potential risk of developing colon cancer
Perform blood testing services
Provide you a referral for a colonoscopy
This month, check to see if your family has a history of colon cancer, as this will mean you have a higher risk of developing colon cancer. For more information, call us at 703-942-5331. We look forward to helping you live the healthiest life possible!