What to do after a colon cancer diagnosis isn’t anything most of us prepare for. The first reaction might be to sit down and take a deep breath. There is much you need to know, there are many questions to ask, and there will be treatment options to consider. None of this will be easy, so it’s important you have the right doctors to guide you through this frightening time in your life.
If you are wondering what this question means, or if you wonder why we are asking it, it’s time to educate yourself. We will help to explain what to do when you have a family history of colon cancer, why it’s important, and where to start your education.
As with all cancers, catching the disease early in its development is all-important in preventing a polyp or tumor from becoming cancerous. Right now finding colon cancer before it becomes malignant has never been easier. Let’s find out some details about that, as well as 7 ways you can lower your risk of colon cancer.
For cancer patients, the only thing worse than being diagnosed with cancer is being told you now have a cancer recurrence. This means you have been diagnosed a second time, and the cancer has come back somewhere in your body. If you or a loved one has had colon cancer, here’s what you should know about recurrence.
Several well-known medical entities have updated their colon cancer screening recommendations from age 50 to 45 for those with average risk. Recently, both the American Cancer Society and the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) have made these changes due to the increasing numbers of young adults being diagnosed with colon cancer. These routine screenings can catch colon cancer sooner making it easier to treat and increasing the survival rates, so now, for colon cancer screenings: 45 is the new 50. Continue reading “Colon Cancer Screenings: 45 Is The New 50”
Did you know that African Americans in the US are at a higher risk of developing colon cancer? If you are surprised, you are not alone. Recently we lost the actor Chadwick Boseman to colon cancer at age 43, and many were shocked, but it highlights the grim fact that black people are at greater risk of colon cancer. Let’s find out why such an otherwise healthy man may have succumbed to this disease.
An unprecedented number of younger adults are becoming diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Whereas the older population had been the main group at risk, now we are seeing some startling changes. Colorectal cancer is rising among young adults and here’s what young people should know.
Some of us have been reticent lately about seeing the doctor for aches and pains. With the ongoing stay at home orders, many have been putting off calling the doctor for an appointment even though we have some questionable new symptoms. If you have observed some changes to your bowels, don’t wait to call Southwest Diagnostic Center for Molecular Imaging. Never ignore these 6 colon cancer warning signs.
Like most other cancers, colorectal cancer has clinical and surgical stages set by the American Joint Committee On Cancer. These stages outline and determine how serious the cancer is and how best to treat it, making the identification and understanding of the stages of colon cancer helpful not only for physicians, but also for patients.
The old phrase “better safe than sorry” comes to mind when considering how red and processed meats can increase your colorectal cancer risk by 20%.