When people check their health, they often do not think of their behind. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States for men and women. The good news is that there are things you can do to significantly lower your risk of getting colorectal cancer. Studies suggest that having a healthy diet and exercise routine, drinking less alcohol, and avoiding tobacco can help lower your risk of getting colorectal cancer.
Although a healthy lifestyle can lower your risk of getting colorectal cancer, it is still important to get screened regularly. Getting screened can prevent colorectal cancer or find early forms of cancer that can be treated. It is important to get screened on a regular basis starting at age 50.
Although signs may not be present in the early stages, keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms:
- Feeling as if your bowel does not empty completely
- Blood in your stool
- Stools that are narrower than usual
- Frequent gas pains or cramps, feeling full, or bloated
- Weight loss for an unknown reason
- Nausea or vomiting
If you regularly experience these symptoms and would like to get a screening for colorectal cancer, contact AltaMed to request a FIT kit.* A FIT kit allows you to complete your screening in the comfort of your home.
Put your health first and call us at (888) 499-9303 to speak with us today!