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Posted: Monday, March 22, 2021, 8:29 AM
Updated: Monday, April 12, 2021, 10:20 AM

Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Goodall-Witcher Healthcare joins the American Cancer Society in recognizing March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal Cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 149,500 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 52,980 will die from the disease this year. But more than 1.4 million colorectal cancer patients and survivors are living today. We go blue for them, their families, and their community.

Although this disease strikes both men and women equally, studies have shown individuals with certain risk factors3 are more susceptible than others, such as:

  • Age over 50
  • Family history of polyps
  • Family history of colon cancer
  • Genetic alterations
  • Hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC)
  • Personal history of cancer
  • Diet and Lifestyle
  • Cigarette smoking
Be proactive and talk to your doctor if you experience any of these signs or symptoms:
  • Change in bowel movement habit: Including diarrhea, constipation.
  • Persistent Abdominal Discomfort: cramps, gas, or pain and/or feeling full, bloated or that your bowel does not empty completely
  • Rectal Bleeding: blood in your stool
  • Weakness or Fatigue:  accompanied by losing weight, nausea, or vomiting

These symptoms are not only associated with colorectal cancer; only a medical professional can make a conclusive diagnosis. It is important not to wait before seeing a doctor because pain is not an early sign of cancer. The most common symptom is NO symptom, which is why it is called the silent killer. If you are 50, get screened. Early detection can save your life.

To make an appointment, call the Goodall-Witcher Clinic in Clifton at (254) 675-8621; or our Clinic in Whitney at: (254) 694-2221.

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