(Staff Reports)- Since the American Cancer Society has published that there are 101,420 new cases of colon cancer in the United States in 2019, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Rockwall has decided to do everything they can to educate people on the symptoms and the importance of being screened. Plus, this is colon cancer awareness month.
“People who have polyps or colon cancer don’t always have symptoms, especially at first. Someone could have polyps or colon cancer and not know it,” said a hospital representative.
Here are some common symptoms that occur:
1. Blood in or on your stool.
2. A change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool.
3. Stomach aches, pains, or cramps that don’t go away.
4. Losing weight and you don’t know why.
According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer occurs most often in people aged 50 or older. The risk increases with age. If you are 50 or older, talk to your doctor about getting screened.
In the United States, colorectal cancer or “colon” cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and in women, and the second most common cause of cancer deaths when men and women are combined. It’s expected to cause about 51,020 deaths during 2019.
If cancer forms in a polyp, it can grow into the wall of the colon or rectum over time. The wall of the colon and rectum is made up of many layers. Colorectal cancer starts in the innermost layer (the mucosa) and can grow outward through some or all of the other layers.
Luckily, Screening can often find colorectal cancer early, when it’s small, hasn’t spread, and might be easier to treat. Regular screening can even prevent colorectal cancer. A polyp can take as many as 10 to 15 years to develop into cancer. With screening, doctors can find and remove polyps before they have the chance to turn into cancer.