Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second-most common fatal cancer among American men and women? Though a grave disease, colorectal cancer is preventable with the right habits and treatable with early detection. If you are a parent, teaching your children the importance of looking after their colon health is essential. Because children often learn by parental example, you should consider getting regular screenings for colorectal cancer. The following questions and answers can help you better understand colorectal cancer and how to safeguard against it.
What is colorectal cancer?
Colorectal cancer is the occurrence of cancerous cells in the large intestine and rectum. In most cases, the cancer first develops as non-malignant polyps. When left untreated, these polyps can evolve into cancerous growths.
Why is it important to get screened for colorectal cancer?
A person with colorectal cancer may experience one or more of the following symptoms: unexplained weight loss, abdominal discomfort, bowel movement issues, or bloody stool. The majority of colorectal cancer patients have no signs of the disease, however, which is why physicians strongly urge adults over the age of 50 to get screened on a regular basis. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, or you already suffer from inflamed bowels, you should begin your screenings earlier. With early detection, physicians can often provide successful treatment for colorectal cancer patients.
How can one set a positive example for a child’s colon health?
Cancer care experts are still trying to determine the causes of colorectal cancer. However, they have found evidence that some lifestyle behaviors may contribute to a higher risk of the disease. To protect yourself and your children from colorectal cancer, exercise as a family, make informed dietary choices, and regulate your red meat and alcohol intake.
Did you know that March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month? Now’s the time to contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital to receive your colorectal cancer kit. To find out more about how to get your own kit, or to schedule a colorectal cancer screening, call our Las Vegas facility at (702) 731-5437.