March Forth To Your Doctor
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Did you know Colon Cancer is one of the most common types of cancer? If detected early, it's also one of the most preventable.
Are You At Risk?
There are some risk factors however that can increase your risk of colon cancer, including:
- A personal or family history of precancerous colon polyps or colon cancer
- Age 50 or older, Age 45 or older if African-American
- Being overweight
- Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Colitis (IBD)
- Be sure to see your doctor if you have gastrointestinal bleeding, change in bowel habits, unexplained abdominal pain or unintentional weight loss. These may all be signs of colorectal cancer.
Colon Cancer Education
Learn more about colon cancer treatment and prevention.
View past transcripts of our colon cancer and colon care webchats:
- 03/27/13 – Genetic Risk of Colon Cancer – Charis Eng, MD, PhD & Matthew Kalady, MD
- 03/12/12 – Caring for Your Colon: Healthy Lifestyle, Cancer Prevention and Treatment Options – Cleveland Clinic Physician
- 03/22/11 – Colonoscopy: Ask the Expert – Everything You Want to Know but Are Afraid To Ask – James M. Church, MD
- 03/18/11 – Colon Cancer: Genetic Experts Eager to Answer Your Questions – Charis Eng, MD, PhD & Matthew Kalady, MD
- 03/22/10 – Caring for Your Colon: Healthy Lifestyle, Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Treatment Options – Carol Burke, MD, Scott Strong, MD & Robert Pelley, MD
A Patient Shares His Colonoscopy Experience
Lesson from a Stranger: Writer Peter Strozniak shares his experience of having his first colonoscopy — and the tragic event that prompted him to get screened.
Colon Concerns on Cleveland Clinic HealthHub
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