Colon test could save lives
By Shana Ruff
March, the second annual colorectal cancer awareness month, has been dedicated to teaching people about this deadly, yet preventable disease.
Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, and yet it is also the most preventable and treatable cancer.
If caught in the early stages, it is 90 percent curable; unfortunately, if caught in the later stages, it is only 10 percent curable. 56,600 people died of colon cancer in 1999, and only 41 percent of Americans who have symptoms have ever been tested.
The American Cancer Society predicts there will be about 135,400 new cases of colorectal cancer in the year 2001.
The first sign of colon cancer is a polyp in the colon or rectum.
Everyday choices such as exercise, not smoking and not consuming large amounts of alcohol help to prevent colorectal cancer. Heredity also plays a big role in your likelihood of getting the disease. Ten percent of all colon cancer victims got the disease through their genes.