In our last installment about colorectal cancer, we discussed preventative measures. Now, let’s get into symptoms and resources you can find to beat this ugly disease. The Prevent Cancer Foundation gives these helpful tips:
- Bleeding from the rectum or blood in or on the stool
- Change in bowel habits
- Stools that are more narrow than usual
- General problems in the abdomen, such as bloating, fullness or cramps
- Diarrhea, constipation or a feeling in the rectum that the bowel movement isn’t quite complete
- Weight loss for no apparent reason
- Being tired all the time
Surgery is the most common treatment. When the cancer has spread, chemotherapy or radiation may be given before or after surgery.
The Prevent Cancer Super Colon, an inflatable, 20-foot long, 8-foot high replica of a human colon, is an interactive educational tool that is teaching people all across America that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. Also, Screening Saves is an interactive, educational forum designed to boost screening rates and increase colorectal cancer awareness. The Screening Saves National Challenge highlights community projects in colorectal cancer screening and awareness across the country.
Want to know more? Check out Prevent Cancer’s online database, which includes informational pamphlets, screening cards and Buddy Bracelets for all your colorectal cancer material needs.