Colorectal Cancer is not just a “Man’s Disease”


Colorectal Cancer strikes women nearly as often as men, and frequently begins without symptoms.

Consider the facts: Colorectal Cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in woman.

About 67,000 women are diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer each year and more than 40 percent of them, 28,000 woman, will die from the disease.

All woman age 50 and older are at risk fro developing Colorectal Cancer, because this is the age at which the polyps usually begin to form and grow.

Some woman, however, are at increased risk for developing Colorectal Cancer before the age of 50 and should be screened earlier, who are these woman?

Woman with a strong family history, especially a parent or sibling who has had Colorectal Cancer or polyps or long standing inflammatory bowel disease.

Signs that you may have Colorectal Cancer include: Blood in your bowl movements, A change in bowl habits, Abdominal pain, however Colorectal Cancer is frequently a silent diseases, beginning with no symptoms at all.

The good news is that Colorectal Cancer is preventable and, if detected early, it’s curable. In fact getting tested for Colorectal Cancer even if you don’t have symptoms can reduce your risk of developing the disease by up to 75 percent.

This is why screening is so important; screening for Colorectal Cancer can detect remove polyps before they become a problem. Screening can also detect Colorectal Cancer while it is still in its early stages. Medicare now pays for Colorectal Cancer screening, and so do many other insurance providers. Talk to your doctor or medical professional about a screening can literally change your life.

The Waynedale News Staff

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