It’s important for everyone to arm themselves with information about colon cancer because of how preventable it can be. Knowledge is power.

Being informed enough to recognize abnormal symptoms or knowing when it’s time to get a colonoscopy can save your life, literally. The earlier we can catch cancer, the more treatable it is. 

“We have seen this trend in our practice, with younger patients presenting with colorectal cancer. Some factors patients cannot control, such as genetics. But other factors can be changed: be more active, play sports, control your weight, eat a healthy diet with more grains, vegetables and fruits, and less red meats and processed meats, avoid smoking, and minimize alcohol use. 

It is important to be aware of your family history, because if family members have had colorectal cancer or precancerous polyps, the screening may need to start before age 50. And always talk to your doctor about abnormal symptoms, particularly bleeding with bowel movements. Don’t just assume that it coming from hemorrhoids, and ignore it.” 

Dr. Bryan N. Butler

Buffalo Medical Group

Colon Cancer Symptoms

Don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms of colon cancer:

  • Changes in bowel habits, like constipation or diarrhea
  • Fatigue, or noticeable weakness and tiredness
  • Differences in the appearance of your stool, such as resemblance of tar or any blood
  • Stomach pain or cramping
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Sensation that you have to go to the bathroom that just doesn’t go away

Knowing Your Risk

Despite what we would like to believe, colon cancer isn’t just a concern for the elderly, or something only men should worry about. Unfortunately, diagnoses of colon cancer in younger people are on the rise, and this trend is expected to continue. And though men are slightly more likely to be diagnosed than women, females are still at risk.

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