Just wanted to call your attention to the colon.

Just wanted to call your attention to the colon.

This month we want the colon to stand for something much bigger than punctuation. During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, whenever you see a colon in a sentence, think of it as a reminder to make an appointment to get screened for colorectal cancer. The result: hopefully we will help many more people catch it early for the best possible treatment options and outcomes.

This month we want the colon to stand for something much bigger than punctuation. During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, whenever you see a colon in a sentence, think of it as a reminder to make an appointment to get screened for colorectal cancer. The result: hopefully we will help many more people catch it early for the best possible treatment options and outcomes.

Here’s what colorectal cancer is:

Here’s what colorectal cancer is:

Colorectal cancer is defined as any cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. It is the second leading cause of cancer death, behind lung cancer, and also the most preventable.

#COLONCHECK

The only way to win the fight against colorectal cancer is to get as many people as we can to catch it early through screening. Here’s what to do: get screened and get a friend or family member or two to make an appointment as well. Share our facebook and twitter posts with them, and challenge them to be screened.

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#COLONCHECK

The only way to win the fight against colorectal cancer is to get as many people as we can to catch it early through screening. Here’s what to do: get screened and get a friend or family member or two to make an appointment as well. Share our facebook and twitter posts with them, and challenge them

The warning signs of colorectal cancer:

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A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days

2

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A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that’s not relieved by having one

3

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Rectal bleeding with bright red blood

4

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Blood in the stool, which may make the stool look dark

5

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Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain

6

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Weakness and fatigue

7

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Unintended weight loss

The warning signs of colorectal cancer:

1

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A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days

2

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A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that’s not relieved by having one

3

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Rectal bleeding with bright red blood

4

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Blood in the stool, which may make the stool look dark

5

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Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain

6

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Weakness and fatigue

7

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Unintended weight loss

Types of screening:

Types of screening:

There are basically two types of screenings available to detect colorectal cancer. Age, family history, diet and other factors play into a physician’s recommendation on which method to use:
A

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Stool-based Tests: These tests check the stool (feces) for signs of cancer. They are less invasive and easier to have done, but need to be done more often.

B

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Visual (Structural) Exams: These tests look at the structure of the colon and rectum for any abnormal areas. This is done either with a scope inserted into the rectum, or with special imaging (x-ray) tests.

The facts:

There are more than 1 million survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States, and the likelihood of dying from the disease has been decreasing due to screening. So, the important thing is to get screened.
#1

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2nd leading cause of cancer death among men and women combined

#2

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1 in 20 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime

#3

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60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented with screening

Here’s what 21CO’s
Dr. Janette Gaw has to say:

There are indicators of colorectal cancer, but that’s often a signal that the disease has progressed. The most common warning sign is no warning sign. Get screened.

21st Century Oncology:

At 21st Century Oncology, we fight for you like an army and care for you like a family. And if a screening for colorectal cancer comes up positive, you can be sure our Dream Team is going to give 110% in putting a stop to it. That’s what we’ve been doing for over 30 years. 21CO is the nation’s largest network of radiation oncologists, surgeons, and related specialties, with access to the latest in treatments and technology. Here’s where to go to learn more: 21co.com.