Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in the United States. It is often called a “silent killer” because it often does not cause symptoms in the early stages. However, there are some signs and symptoms that you should be aware of, such as:
Changes in bowel habits, including constipation or diarrhea
Loose stools that have a dark color
Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
Itching or burning in the anal area
Unexplained weight loss
Nausea and vomiting
Frequent fatigue and weakness
Feeling that the bowel is not completely empty after a bowel movement
Abdominal discomfort characterized by cramps, gas, and abdominal pains
If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor right away. Colorectal cancer is often treatable if it is caught early.
In addition to the symptoms listed above, there are a number of risk factors for colorectal cancer, including:
Age: The risk of colorectal cancer increases with age.
Family history: If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you are at an increased risk.
Personal history: If you have had polyps in your colon or rectum, you are at an increased risk.
Inflammatory bowel disease: People with inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, are at an increased risk.
Lifestyle factors: Smoking, obesity, and a diet low in fiber and high in processed foods are all risk factors for colorectal cancer.
There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, including:
Getting regular screening tests: Starting at age 45, you should get regular screening tests for colorectal cancer.
Eating a healthy diet: Eating a diet that is high in fiber and low in processed foods can help to reduce your risk.
Exercising regularly: Exercise can help to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.
Maintaining a healthy weight: Maintaining a healthy weight can help to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.
Quitting smoking: Smoking increases your risk of colorectal cancer.
If you are concerned about your risk of colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor. There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk and to detect the disease early, if it does develop.
In this video, we will discuss the symptoms of colorectal cancer, the risk factors, and how to prevent it. We will also share a simple way to add a spice to your diet that can help to protect you from this disease.
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