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Is Colorectal Cancer a Concern For People Under 45?

Colorectal Cancer, often associated with older adults, is increasingly becoming a cause for concern among those 45 and under. While traditionally seen as an ailment affecting older patients, recent trends have shown a rise in diagnoses among younger individuals. This shift in the demographic landscape urges us to dive deeper into the importance of Colon Cancer awareness, particularly during March, which is the designated Colon Cancer Awareness Month. So, join Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio and spark the conversation in younger adults getting screened for Colorectal Cancer. 

Not Just for Seniors

The misconception that Colon Cancer primarily targets older adults needs to be dispelled. Younger individuals, those 45 and under, are not exempt from this potentially deadly disease. The alarming rise in diagnoses among this age group raises questions about the risk factors and the necessity for heightened awareness.

The phrase “Colon Cancer Screenings” might conjure images of seniors sitting in waiting rooms, but it’s time to broaden our perspective. Early detection through screenings is not exclusive to older age groups. Younger individuals must recognize the importance of proactive measures, emphasizing the need for regular screenings to catch any potential issues before they escalate.

While colonoscopies are a well-known method of screening for Colon Cancer, awareness encompasses a broader spectrum. From understanding potential symptoms to recognizing risk factors, knowledge is power. This awareness should extend beyond Colon Cancer Awareness month, becoming a year-round commitment to personal health.

Breaking Down the Numbers

Recent statistics reveal a concerning trend – the rise of Colorectal Cancer among the younger population. Colorectal Cancer is now the leading cause of cancer death in men and the second in women under 50 years old. This surge prompts us to question the factors contributing to this shift and underscores the critical need for awareness and action. 

Another staggering fact is that while rates of colorectal cancer have been declining among adults that are older than 50 years and older, the incidences of colorectal cancer is unfortunately increasing among adults that are under the age of 50. In fact, an estimated 49 new cases of colorectal cancer in adults under the age of 50 are diagnosed a day, or about 18,000 each year. While these numbers are scary to break down, it is important to remember that with early screenings, Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable! 

Breaking Myths about Colon Cancer

  • Myth: Colon cancer only affects the elderly. Fact: Younger individuals are increasingly falling victim to this disease. Breaking down such myths is essential to shift the narrative and encourage individuals under 45 to prioritize their health through awareness and screenings.
  • Myth: Abdominal pain and bleeding are common symptoms of colorectal cancer. Fact: The most common symptom of colon and rectal cancer is No symptoms. 
  • Myth: There is nothing I can do about getting colorectal cancer. Fact: You can adopt a low-fat diet rich in vegetables and fruits, regularly exercise, and regularly attend screenings such as colonoscopies and stool tests to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.

The Urgency of Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colon cancer screenings hold the key to saving lives. Early detection significantly improves treatment outcomes and survival rates. By advocating for regular screenings, especially among those 45 and older, we can actively contribute to a healthier and cancer-free future. The designation of a specific month for Colon Cancer Awareness serves as a crucial reminder for everyone, regardless of age. Colon Cancer Awareness month is not only an opportunity to educate but a call to action for individuals approaching age 45 to prioritize their health. So, consider making your first appointment at or around the age of 45 in order to put yourself in the best position to detect and prevent colon cancer! If you have a question regarding Colon Cancer, we recommend you visit our Colon Cancer Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Beyond Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colon Cancer Awareness Month is not just the responsibility of medical professionals, it’s a collective effort. Joining forces with advocacy groups, healthcare providers, and communities can amplify the impact of the awareness campaign, reaching a broader audience and saving more lives. While Colon Cancer Awareness month serves as a focal point, the commitment to spreading awareness should extend beyond these 31 days. Incorporating routine screenings, adopting a healthy lifestyle, and staying informed about risk factors are year-round endeavors for all age groups.

To the 45 er’s, don’t let age lull you into a false sense of security. Take control of your health journey by prioritizing screenings and fostering awareness. Knowledge is the first step toward prevention, and by being proactive, you can significantly reduce the risk of Colon Cancer.

In the pursuit of colon health, Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio stands as your trusted ally. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care, from screenings to treatments, ensuring your well-being at every stage. Don’t wait, take the first step towards a healthier future by contacting Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio or give us a call at 210.614.1234 today!

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