Let’s Talk Colon Cancer
Why be concerned about colon cancer? It's the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. among men and women combined.
So let’s talk about it!
Colon cancer is the most preventable and beatable cancer if detected early. That’s why we need to encourage everyone age 50 or older to get screened.
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Let’s Talk About Symptoms
During the early stages of colon cancer there are no symptoms. As the disease progresses the following symptoms may occur:
- A change in your bowel movements
- Blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool (feces)
- Diarrhea, constipation or feeling that your bowel does not empty completely
- Stools that are narrower than usual
- Stomach discomfort
- Unexplained weight loss
Let’s Talk About the Facts
Colon Cancer Facts
- Colon cancer is the #2 cause of cancer death in the U.S.
- Over 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer each year.
- Colon cancer often has no symptom at all until it's at an advanced stage.
- Colon cancer is 80% preventable when detected early.
- You can reduce your risk through regular screening.
- Beginning at age 50 (or earlier if you have a family history), everyone should be screened for colon cancer.
Colon cancer is preventable and easier to treat when detected early. Talk with your healthcare provider about what kind of screening test is right for you.
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