The Facts

Know the Symptoms of Colon Cancer. LivON! 

Colon Cancer is a cancer of the large intestine (colon) which usually begins as small, non-cancerous polyps.

  • Southeastern Virginia was recently identified as a “hotbed” for colon cancer.  This area has a 9% higher death rate for Colon Cancer compared to other parts of the nation.
  • Colon Cancer “2ND LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER DEATHS FOR MEN AND WOMEN COMBINED” according to www.FightColorectalCancer.org
  • 15% of all Colon Cancer Patients are under the age of 50, the age at which screening begins.  Unfortunately, those under 50 are often diagnosed at late stages for reasons including no family history, missed diagnosis, and no symptoms at all!
  • Yet, Colorectal Cancer is actually one of the most preventable of all Cancers!  Know the Symptoms and Prevention! 

The LivON Foundation works to promote awareness in the prevention of Colon Cancer in those under 50, as it is increasing in those under the age of 50!

Risk Factors:

Personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
Inflammatory intestinal conditions
Low-fiber, high-fat diet
A sedentary lifestyle
Diabetes
Obesity
Smoking
Alcohol

Know the Symptoms!

In its early stages, colon cancer often produces no symptoms.  However, symptoms that are noticeable can be easily dismissed or attributed to more common conditions. Know your body and don’t ignore the symptoms:

A change in bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation, or a change in the consistency of your poo
Rectal bleeding or blood in your poo
Persistent abdominal discomfort, cramping, or pain
A feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely, even after you poo
Weakness or fatigue
Unexplained weight loss
Narrow stools

Prevention

These prevention tips are important not just for Colon Cancer, but so much more!  Take care of your body for yourself, your family.  Get fit! Eat well! For you!

Reduce your intake of red and processed meat
Eat your greens and veggies
Get more fiber and vitamins naturally in your food— eat more fruits and veggies!
Choose unprocessed foods and learn to make meals without opening a BOX!
Stay active and get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
Belly fat! Those with large waist sizes have an increased risk for Colon Cancer
Stop smoking
Get your colonoscopy
Screening and awareness are key to prevention. Colon cancer screenings generally begin at age 50, or age 40 for those at high risk. Screenings may include a sigmoidoscopy every 5 years and colonoscopy every 10 years.  People of all ages should be aware of the symptoms of colon cancer and talk to their doctor if they have questions.

Develop a relationship with your Doctor!

We often hear people say that they are too embarrassed to talk to their doctor, or even friends or family about these issues.  The reality is: EVERYONE POOPS!  If you are nervous about going to the doctor or feel that your symptoms are minimal, here are some tips:

Take a friend, someone who can write things down, ask questions.

Write down your questions ahead of time

Write down your symptoms

Develop a relationship with your doctor by getting regular check ups

Call back- don’t by shy to call and ask follow up questions or discuss matters further

Remember- they are people too!

Information was retrieved from American Institute for Cancer Research, the Mayo Clinic, and Colon Cancer Alliance, and FightColorectalCancer.org. All information is not a substitute for speaking to your doctor and is not designed to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Talk to your doctor, today!

 

What are the SYMPTOMS?

  • Constipation
  • Blood in stool
  • Unexplained abdominal pain
They aren't always easy to talk about…But don't ignore them!!