- colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in Canada;
- an estimated 21,500 Canadians were diagnosed with colorectal cancer last year;
- approximately 8,900 Canadians died from colorectal cancer in 2008;
- if caught early, colorectal cancer has an over 90% cure rate;
- risk factors include age (50 and over), family history of colorectal cancer, personal history of benign polyps or colorectal cancer, obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and inflammatory bowel disease (i.e. Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis).
SYMPTOMS OF COLORECTAL CANCER
The following symptoms MAY indicate colorectal cancer. See your doctor.
- prolonged diarrhea or constipation
- narrower-than-normal stools
- blood in stool
- loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss
- feeling that the bowel does not completely empty
- constant fatigue, anemia
- nausea, vomiting
- abdominal pain or discomfort.
One of the problems in dealing with this disease is that people are not comfortable talking about their bowel movements with their doctors. Please don't let that stop you!! Remember, your Doctor has seen and heard it all and is there to help you. If you are 50 years old or over and have not yet had a colonoscopy, in Tony's memory, please call your doctor now, and book an appointment. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - and then some....
Take good care!