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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Knowing symptoms, early detection is key

More than 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are identified in the U.S. each year

Upset Stomach -- Bellyaches tipped off a number of people to liver tumors, and stomach cramps or frequent upset stomachs may indicate colorectal cancer.
Upset Stomach -- Bellyaches tipped off a number of people to liver tumors, and stomach cramps or frequent upset stomachs may indicate colorectal cancer. (iStock)

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Did you realize that colorectal cancer is the fourth-most common type of cancer in the United States?

Colorectal cancer is any cancer that affects the colon and rectum.

Ever since 2000, March has been recognized as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and once again, this year, the importance of early detection will be highlighted through advocacy and awareness throughout the month.

More than 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are identified in the U.S. each year, and according to MedicalNewsToday, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in woman and the third-leading cause in men.

Symptoms of colorectal cancer can include:

  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Blood in feces
  • Pain or bloating in the abdomen
  • A lump in abdomen or back passage
  • Blood coming from the rectum.

To learn more about how to get a screening for colorectal cancer, click or tap here.

To learn more about treatment options, click here.

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