Did you know that colon cancer affects over 200,000 people a year in the United States alone? The month of March was designated as Colon Cancer Awareness Month by President Bill Clinton beginning in the year 2000. Every March, people band together to raise awareness of this preventable disease by wearing blue, participating in fundraising and educational functions, and speaking to others about colorectal screenings.
Dress In Blue Day
The Colon Cancer Alliance reserves a National Dress In Blue Day to raise awareness of colon cancer and honor loved ones who have suffered from this type of cancer. In 2017, Dress In Blue Day was reserved for March 3rd, but spreading information about colon cancer goes on all month long.
Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Getting screened for colorectal cancer can save your life. People who are 50 years old should get their first screening for colon cancer and continue getting screened regularly at time periods determined by your gastroenterologist. From ages 50 to 75, regular screenings are important. After the age of 76, your physician will decide whether you need to continue with screenings.
Though 90% of colorectal cancers occur in people over the age of 50, people much younger can acquire this type of cancer that has little or no symptoms until it has progressed. Colon Cancer Awareness Month is important, as it brings to light the need for preventive screenings for colorectal cancer, polyps and associated issues.
Symptoms to Watch For
If you have any of the following symptoms, please visit us at Digestive Care Physicians in Atlanta or a gastroenterologist in your area.
- There is blood in or on your bowel movement
- You have stomach pain or cramps that will not go away
- You are losing weight but not intentionally
If you have any of these symptoms, regardless of your age, please make an appointment to see one of our specialists at Digestive Care Physicians. We have four doctors and a physician’s assistant on staff at Digestive Care Physicians. Our four locations include Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Lawrenceville, GA. We serve patients from the surrounding areas as well, including Roswell, Milton, Duluth, Canton, Suwanee, Sandy Springs, Marietta, and beyond.
Since prevention is the best way to promote health, Digestive Care Physicians offers an on-site endoscopy center for the most modern surgical procedures related to colon cancer screening.
This article is not meant to take the place of professional medical advice. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with colorectal cancer or polyps, please call us at Digestive Care Physicians to make an appointment.