Do you know that March is the colorectal cancer awareness month? Experts advise people to carry out healthy habits and regular checkups through screenings.

1. Cancer of the colon or rectum is known as colorectal cancer

In majority most colorectal cancers start off with abnormal tissue growths on the colon or rectum. Which can become cancerous if not removed immediately.

2. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in USA

The colorectal cancer alliance has stated that one in every 23 adults will get this threatening cancer. Although most cases are linked people over the age of 50 but cases I younger people are on the rise.

3. The American cancer society states that men and women at age 45 must have regular screening to prevent colorectal cancer as adults at this age are more prone to the cancer.

Cancer Centers of America
Credit: Colorectal Cancer Alliance

4. There are several types of tests for colorectal cancer but they are mainly broken down into two groups: stool based tests and visual examination of the colon and the rectum.

5. The most alarming fact is that people who have a family history of this disease are at a high risk to this cancer. It may be that their ancestors were exposed to radiations specifically on the pelvic or abdominal region.

6. The colon is referred to as the large intestine it filters out water, salt and some nutrients to produce stool. It is 5 feet long and weighs 4 pounds on an average.

7. The American society of colon and rectal surgeons states that 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed this year. 56000 people this year will die this year because of this disease.

8. A colectomy is the removal of some or all the colon. A human body can live without a colon but it needs an alternate route to remove its waste.

9. The Crohn’s and Colitis foundation has given two options for creating an alternate path once a colectomy has taken place. The first one is ileostomy, a surgically created hole in the abdominal wall that allows stool to pass. Adding on the second one is an ileoanal pouch anastomosis an internal pouch connected to the anus with allows stool to pass out naturally.


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