National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

This is a quick deviation from my superfood series. My wife just informed me that it’s National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This should be important to those of us whom have Chron’s and Ulcerative Colitis. Those of us with an irritable bowel disease have an increased not only of developing colon cancer, but also mortality attributed to digestive tract tumors. Here is some information provided by the Fight Colorectal Cancer Organization:

About Colorectal Cancer:
• 2nd leading cause of cancer death among men & women combined
• 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer
• 140,250 estimated new cases in 2018
• 50,630 estimated deaths in 2018
• 1 in 20 people will be diagnosed in their lifetimes
• 1 in 3 people are not up-to-date with screening
• 30+ million, ages 50-75, are not up-to-date on screening
• 60% of deaths could be prevented with screening
Hereditary/Genetic Stats:
• People with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling or child) with colon cancer are between two to three times more likely to develop the cancer than those without a family history.
• 25% of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer have a family history.
Early-Age Onset (under 45) Incidence:
• Data suggests that the incidence of colorectal cancer for those under 50 is on the rise and more young people are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
• 10-11% of colon cancers and 18% of rectal cancers are diagnosed in individuals under the age of 50
• Up to 22% of colorectal cancer cases diagnosed before the age of 50 are associated
hereditary cancer syndromes; additional cases are related to inflammatory bowel disease.
• Colorectal cancers in individuals under 50 are more likely associated with symptoms. It’s very important to seek medical care for unexplained persistent rectal bleeding and other signs and symptoms.

As we can see, colon cancer is something that we must take serious!. It does not care about your age or gender. However, it is worth mentioning that African Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer at a higher rate than any other race in the United States. So, don’t play with this thing. Make sure that you’re being screened and having your colonoscopies performed regularly. If you have Chron’s disease or UC then you’re already having colonoscopies performed on a regular anyway. Make sure you’re exercising on a regular and please eat right. If you notice, all of the superfoods that I have posted about so far have cancer fighting abilities. We should be consuming foods like this everyday. Check out the link that I am going to drop to find more information concerning colon cancer and colon cancer awareness. https://www.ccalliance.org/about/awareness-month/awareness-materials

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