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All you need to know about colorectal cancer…

by , 01 March 2013

It's Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Unfortunately, most cases of colorectal cancer lead to death, even though it can be easily treated if discovered early. Read up on the symptoms of colorectal cancer so you can take action before it's too late!

Colorectal cancer is one of the four most common types of cancer.
 
It’s also one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths.
 
That’s because it’s usually discovered too late for treatment, AsiaOne reports.
 
And that, in turn, is because most people don’t know what symptoms to look out for.
 
Colorectal cancer is one of the consequences of inflammatory bowel diseases
 
So if you’ve noticed an increase in symptoms like abdominal cramps accompanied by fever, you should take note, says WebMD.
 
Watch for the warning signs of colorectal cancer!
 
But symptoms of colorectal cancer are more specific than symptoms of inflammatory blowel disease.
 
Bloating, unexpected weight gain, change in bowel habits, or blood in your stool, could all be signs of colorectal cancer.
 
So don’t ignore these symptoms! Going for a colorectal cancer screening is simple, painless and can be life-saving, says ABC News.
 
And you can take action to prevent colorectal cancer.
 
Being overweight increases your risk of colorectal cancer
 
The American Cancer Society says you can lower your risk of developing colorectal cancer by managing the risk factors that you can control, like diet and physical activity.
 
That’s because most studies also have found that being overweight or obese increases the risk of colorectal cancer.
 
And men have an even higher risk of developing colorectal cancer if they have a larger waistline, with more belly fat.
 
So increase your exercise and eat a healthier diet – you’ll minimise your risk of colorectal cancer and feel healthier in the long run!
 

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