With more than 130,000 new cases diagnosed every year, colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. Every American has a 1 in 20 chance of developing colon cancer at some point in their lives. However, most Americans are not aware of the risk of colon cancer and the importance of regular screenings. Here are some common misconceptions about colon cancer.
Colon cancer only happens to men. While men are slightly more likely to develop colon cancer than women, women are still at a very high risk for the illness. It is important that both men and women begin having routine screenings for colon cancer after the age of 50.
Colon cancer only happens to older people. It’s true that more than 9 out of 10 cases of colon cancer occur in people who are 50 or older. However, colon cancer does develop in younger people. If your family has a history of colon cancer, or if you notice any changes in your bowel movements, you may want to be screened for colon cancer.
Colon cancer can’t be stopped. In fact, there are a number of steps you can take to significantly reduce your chances of developing colon cancer. Staying active and eating a healthy diet is paramount; try to limit your use of alcohol and processed foods, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Routine screenings are also essential.
Colon cancer is incurable. If you catch and treat colon cancer before it begins to spread throughout the rest of your body, you have a 90 percent or better chance of surviving the disease. Most of the deaths that are caused by colon cancer happen because the condition was not diagnosed in its early stages.
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