Hey there! Dany Rambles here. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!! See below for some ways that you can show your support!
Colorectal cancer – cancer that starts in the colon or rectum – is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. Approximately 140,000 people are diagnosed and more than 50,000 people die from colon cancer in the U.S. annually. At the same time, colorectal cancer is also the most preventable and treatable type of cancer. The five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer found at the local stage is 90 percent, compared to 14 percent for colorectal cancer found at distant stages.
Risk Factors Include:
Older age, African-American race, A personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps, Inflammatory intestinal conditions (including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), Family history of colon cancer, Low-fiber or high-fat diet, A sedentary lifestyle, Diabetes, Obesity, Smoking, Alcohol, Radiation therapy for cancer and more!
Prevention measures include:
Being screened (usually via colonoscopy). Colorectal cancer isn’t just a 50+ disease. In fact, the rates of young onset colorectal cancer have increased. The new recommended age for screening is 45, so #DontAssume you and your loved ones don’t need to get checked. People with an increased risk should consider screening sooner.
In order to support Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month you can do the following:
- Donate at https://fundraise.ccalliance.org/blue-star-tributes/DanyRambles
- Wear BLUE to show your support
- Educate yourself and your loved ones by visiting dontassume.org.
I do have multiple colonoscopy / screening experiences. Feel free to message me anytime! I’m happy to answer your questions honestly, and of course, discretely. I’m not here to judge; my goal is to help educate people from my own experiences and be supportive of your personal path to great digestive health!