Recent events have brought to light the need for all of us to be proactive about our health! Learn more about Colon Cancer and how to protect yourself!
What is Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer means that cells that aren’t normal are growing in your colon or rectum. These cells grow together and form polyps. Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer. This cancer is also called colorectal cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where the cancer is. It is the third most common cancer in the United States. And it occurs most often in people older than 50.
What are the symptoms?
Colon cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms until after it has started to spread. See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
- Pain in your belly
- Blood in your stool or very dark stools
- A change in your bowel habits, such as more frequent stools or a feeling that your bowels are not emptying completely
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