Be part of the colonversation


If you are one of the many who didn’t know that March is Colon Cancer Awareness month, you would be forgiven, as Colorectal Cancer continues to be something we don’t talk about in mixed company. Well it’s time to break the silence! While Colorectal Cancer has long been seen as mostly impacting older men, the fact is that anyone can get it. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, it is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Canada; nearly 25,000 Canadians are estimated to be diagnosed each year and over 9,000 will die from it.

Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. While there can be a number of signs and symptoms such as unexplained weight loss, changes in your bowel habits or general stomach pains and discomfort, many people diagnosed reported never having had any symptoms.

But the news isn’t all bad as, according to Colon Cancer Canada, 90% of cases could be cured if they are caught early enough through identification of blood in the stool. For many, early diagnosis could be as simple as an at-home FOBT (Fecal Occult Blood Test) but if you have a family history or other risk factors, you may need to have a colonoscopy for screening; ask your health care provider what testing would be most appropriate for you and start your colonversation.

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