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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Get Screened

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March is colorectal cancer awareness month, and many areas around the country are doing what they can to spread awareness.

According to ABC23, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of deaths related to cancer in the United States. Even though it is such a type of cancer that may be uncomfortable to discuss, it is important that it is talked about.

To raise awareness, free screenings are being offered throughout the month across the country to catch the disease or prevent it from happening. In 2014, only about 65% of at-risk people were screened for the disease, so doctors hope by offering the free screening, more people will take advantage of it.

Doctors say there are many different signs and symptoms you should be on the lookout for. These signs and symptoms include chronic diarrhea, unexpected weight loss, fatigue, and changes in bowel function. While a change in your bowel function might not mean colorectal cancer, it’s still important to take it seriously and get it checked out. The only way to know for sure is to get screened.

Dr. Lorenc Malellari, a colorectal surgeon, spoke with ABC23 about screenings.

“Current guidelines recommend screening at 50 years old for average risk patients, but we’ve seen quite a number of patients are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their 30s and 40s,” Malellari said.

To spread awareness for this important month, Niagara Falls was illuminated blue a few weeks back to recognize National core rectal cancer awareness month. According to the Niagara Gazette, one out of four New York State adults between the ages of 50 to 75 have never been screened for colon cancer. More than half of those who died from colon cancer could have lived if they had been regularly screened.

Niagara Falls Illumination Board says they will never give up hope on finding a cure for colon cancer, but realize it’s extremely important to continue spreading awareness for the disease.

Cancer is an extremely powerful, life-altering disease that can be found in anyone, especially people who have many IGF-1 receptors. In fact, not only do malignant cells have more IGF-1 receptors over healthy cells, but the most dangerous and aggressive cancer cells have been found to have the most IGF-1 receptors. Taking the proper screening steps can be the line between living and dying in the case of colorectal cancer.