Today I walked through the giant colon when it was at Fond du Lac Health Fair, their 35th Annual event at the school.
What are your risk factors?
Being over 50
Your risk doubles every 10 years after 50, so have a colonoscopy. Early detection can save your life.
African Americans are at increased risk at a younger age.
I have met young adults with colon cancer, so I know it can happen at a young age, especially when there is a family history.
A person history of polyps or colon cancer members have been affected puts you at risk. This is especially true if any family members are under 60 years.
Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease can cause colon cancer.
Smoking puts you at risk for colon cancer.
Obesity puts you at risk for colon cancer.
Heavy alcohol use puts you at risk for colon cancer.
A diet high in red meat puts you at risk for colon cancer.
What are the symptoms?
There are often no symptoms.
You can get symptoms though such as weight loss, fatigue, anemia, abdominal discomfort, stools that are narrower, diarrhea, constipation, feeling that your bowels are not emptying, blood in your stools, or just a change in your bowel habits.
Colon cancer is often a preventable disease. Early detection is important.