Monday, April 11, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - Colon Cancer

Colon and rectal cancer is known collectively as colorectal cancer. In many cases, it begins with a small polyp in the colon. Colorectal cancer may be caused by high fat diets as well as low fiber intake. The recommendation for those who have no identified risk factors (other than age) should begin regular screening at age 50. However, if you who have a family history or other risk factors for colorectal polyps or cancer, you should talk with your health care practitioner on screening at a younger age as well as getting screened more frequently. Furthermore research studies show that there is a specific population who may have an increased risk of having colorectal cancer:

• Women who have a history of ovarian cancer
• If one was diagnosed with Uterine cancer
• Breast cancer patients or survivors
• Reoccurrence of colorectal cancer may develop a second time
• Ulcerative colitis
• Crohn’s disease
• Diabetics have a 30 – 40% chance to develop colorectal cancer

Alissa Murphy was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at the age of 36. The diagnosis came as a surprise to her as there were no warning signs. Listen to her journey...

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