More than 20,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year. But its 90 percent preventable.
If you’ve see a giant—40 feet long and 8 feet high!—colon in your community recently, don’t be alarmed. The month of March was designated by the federal government as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to remind Canadians that colorectal cancer is a common—but highly “preventable, treatable, and beatable” disease.
It’s highly preventable
Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and third most common form of cancer among both men and women? It’s estimated that more than 20,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year alone. But it’s also 90 percent preventable, treatable, and beatable—with early screening.
For a Healthy Colon …
High on the list of preventive measures, the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada suggests that Canadians aged 50 and older get screened regularly—whether or not they have experienced any symptoms, which could include a change in stools, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, anemia, or constant tiredness.
Other keys to prevention: