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March Patient Newsletter

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

What is Colorectal Cancer?

It is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. These cancers can be named colon cancer or rectal cancer  depending on where they start. Cancer starts when cells in the body grow out of control. In the case of colorectal cancers, growth starts on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. These growths are called polyps. It is one of the most common cancers found in both men and women in the United States, and it is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. 

What are some of the symptoms?

  • Blood in your stool 
  • Changes in the color or shape of your stool
  • Cramping or discomfort in your abdomen 
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Constipation or diarrhea that won’t go away

What can you do to lower your risk?

  • Get tested - Talk to your clinician about the best options for you! 
  • Eat a healthy diet - more fruits and vegetables, less red meats and processed foods.
  • Avoid tobacco.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Do regular physical activity.

Screening tests offer the best chance to prevent or find colorectal cancer early, when most people do not have symptoms. There are a few different screening options, even one you can do at home. Talk to your clinician about which one is best for you!

What's Got You Sick: Viruses or Bacteria?

It's important to know that antibiotics can only treat bacterial infections, not infections caused by viruses. Studies show that in otherwise healthy children and adults, antibiotics for viral infections won’t help you feel better. If your clinician does not give you an antibiotic, ask them for tips on how to relieve your symptoms and feel better. To learn more, click the logo below.

 

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