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Colorectal cancer, sometimes referred to as colon cancer, is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States, but with early detection and proper treatment, it can be prevented and managed. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and at Assisting Hands Home Care, we want to spread awareness and educate the public on the importance of screening and early detection.
Colorectal cancer begins in the colon or rectum and can spread to other parts of the body if not detected early. The good news is that colorectal cancer can often be prevented with regular screening and detected early through screening tests such as colonoscopies. The American Cancer Society recommends that people at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45 and continue until age 75.
Symptoms of colon cancer can include changes in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, weakness, and fatigue. If you experience any of these symptoms, seeing a doctor promptly is important.
There are several risk factors that can increase the chances of developing colon cancer, including age, family history of colorectal cancer, personal history of colorectal polyps, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, and lifestyle factors such as a diet high in red and processed meats and low in fruits and vegetables, as well as physical inactivity and smoking.
To reduce the risk of colon cancer, medical experts often recommend a diet low in animal fats and high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to reduce the risk of other chronic diseases, such as coronary artery disease and diabetes.
According to the NIH, a significant association was observed between high nut consumption and a reduction in colorectal cancer among women (in those with an intake of ≥ 3 servings of nuts per week compared to those that declared no nut consumption).
Some studies suggest that people may reduce their risk of developing colon cancer by increasing physical activity, keeping a healthy weight, limiting alcohol consumption, and avoiding tobacco. For more information on reducing your risk, visit the CDC website.
At Assisting Hands Home Care, we understand the importance of early detection and management of colorectal cancer. Our trained and compassionate care providers are available to assist with transportation to and from doctor appointments and provide support during recovery from any necessary treatments. We also offer assistance with daily activities such as meal preparation and housekeeping, allowing our clients to focus on their health and recovery.
In conclusion, colorectal cancer is a serious health concern, but regular screening and early detection can prevent and manage it. At Assisting Hands, we are committed to educating and supporting our clients and their families on the importance of colorectal cancer awareness and early detection. If you or a loved one is in need of support and assistance during a cancer journey, contact us today to learn more about our in-home care services.
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