March is colorectal cancer awareness month. It’s easy to forget which cause is associated with each color awareness ribbon . In fact, you may have never seen the blue awareness ribbon at all. The blue ribbon raises awareness and supports individuals with colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in men and women in the United States. Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer related death in the United States. Even with thousands diagnosed, there are still a number of myths surrounding colorectal cancer. Test your knowledge with the 5 myths below.
Myth: Colorectal cancer is a man’s disease.
Truth: Women are almost as likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer as men. Each year approximately 71,000 men and 64,000 women are diagnosed.
Myth: Colorectal cancer cannot be prevented.
Truth: Colorectal cancer almost always begins with a small growth called a polyp. Early polyp detection and removal can help prevent colorectal cancer. Common detection tests include: colonoscopy, Flexible sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, or CT colonography.
Other ways to lower your chances of getting colorectal cancer include:
- Healthy weight can lower chances of colorectal cancer.
- Engage in physical activities; Walk, hike, sports swim, etc.
- Eat at least 2½ cups of vegetables and fruits each day.
- Avoid refined grains. Choose grains that are whole wheat.
- Limit your red meat and processed meat intake.
- If you drink alcohol, limit the amount to 1 drink per day for women, 2 per day for men.
- Avoid Tobacco use.
Myth: African Americans are not at risk for colorectal cancer.
Truth: In the US more African American men and women are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. At this time the cause is unknown.
Myth: Age doesn’t matter when it comes to getting colorectal cancer.
Truth: Colorectal cancer is more prominent in individuals over 50.
Myth: It’s better not to get tested for colorectal cancer because it’s deadly anyway.
Truth: Colorectal cancer is often treatable. However, only 4 in 10 people are diagnosed at an early stage when treatment is most effective.
So, remember the blue. To find out if you’re at an increased risk for colorectal cancer and what you can do to help decrease your chances of getting this disease, please read Colorectal Cancer Early Detection.
For the full article Visit: Five Myths About Colorectal Cancer
Feature photo by : Matteo Paciotti