EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) – March is the month of colon cancer awareness and on Friday people wear blue to help raise awareness.
In the United States, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, but it is preventable and treatable if caught early enough.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital nurse Michael Lucore said the biggest thing to watch for is changes in weight and bowel movements, especially when there are no changes in diet and lifestyle.
People need to start screening for colon cancer in their 40s or 50s, but Lucore said it’s key to be open and honest with your doctor if you show symptoms earlier.
“You can see and recognize some of the early signs and symptoms and have this honest conversation with your doctor,”
HSHS officials say some of the symptoms of colon cancer are as follows:
- Blood in or on the stool
- Recurrent changes in normal intestinal habits, such as diarrhea or constipation for no apparent reason
- Thinning stools
- Increased stomach discomfort (bloating, gas, fullness and / or cramps that last more than a few days)
- Feeling that the intestines are not completely emptied
- Weight loss for no apparent reason
- Constant and inexplicable fatigue