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Abdominal pain, aches, or cramps may be symptoms of colorectal cancer. If you have any symptoms that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Because colorectal cancer may cause no warning signs, regular screenings are still the most proactive thing you can do to help find cancer early when it’s most treatable. Organizations such as the Colorectal Cancer Alliance raise awareness in support of access to screening, treatment, and research. In 1999, the Prevent Cancer Foundation led the charge to designate March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
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Lowering Colon Cancer Risk
While no cancer is preventable, many risk factors are under your control. Here are 6 ways to help lower your colorectal cancer risk:
- Follow a diet high in fiber that includes lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and not much red and processed meats
- Exercise regularly
- Don’t smoke
- Limit alcohol to no more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women
- Learn your family medical history
- Get screened for colorectal cancer by talking with your health care provider
Source: American Cancer Society
On the Book Shelf
This book empowers you to be an attentive, thoughtful, and compassionate caregiver for your friend or family member with cancer. You’ll also find practical everyday advice for meeting your own physical and emotional needs while dealing with the unique challenges you face. The Caregiver's Guide to Cancer: Compassionate Advice for Caring for You and Your Loved One | Victoria Landes | Rockridge Press | 2021 | 178 pages | ISBN: 978-1648764196 | WorldCat
A children's book written to help parents be able to talk to their children about the heavy topic of cancer in a lighthearted way. Daddy Has an Owie: Explaining a Parent's Cancer to a Child | Tiffany Williford | Williford LLC | 2019 | 24 pages | ISBN: 978-1733870405 | WorldCat | Reading age 8 - 12 years
A "biography" of cancer from its origins to the epic battle to cure, control, and conquer it. A combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms the listener's understanding of cancer and much of the world around them. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer | Siddhartha Mukherjee | Scribner; 1st edition | 2011 | 608 pages | ISBN: 978-1439170915 | WorldCat | Discussion Questions
An authoritative yet practical reference manual that includes information on everything from healthy digestion to cancer treatment. Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health: How to Prevent and Treat Common Stomach and Gut Problems, Fourth Edition | Sahil Khanna, M.B.B.S. | Mayo Clinic Press | 2020 | 328 pages | ISBN: 978-1893005525 | WorldCat
Too Young for Colon Cancer? Think again. Chadwick Boseman's death at age 43 put a spotlight on the fact that colon cancer has been increasingly affecting younger adults over the past decade. The Prevent Cancer Foundation has even dedicated a campaign, Too Young for This Sh*t, to raise awareness.
Naik H, Johnson MDD, Johnson MR. Internet Interest in Colon Cancer Following the Death of Chadwick Boseman: Infoveillance Study. J Med Internet Res. 2021 Jun 15;23(6):e27052. doi: 10.2196/27052. PMID: 34128824; PMCID: PMC8277405.