Kai Jackson spoke with Dr. Michael Cox, the founder of AVAM, and two brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
When is the last time you talked about colon cancer?
Why should there be a postoperative follow-up program?
These are some of the words that come to mind for lots of folks when they think about getting tested for colorectal cancer.
In January 2003, I was 42 and completing my first year of my pediatric residency. My life was extremely busy; I was working 80 to 120 hours a week. When I first complained of being tired, it was attributed to my age and work schedule. Over the next eight months, my symptoms worsened; I became anemic and had blood in my stool.
One of the keys to eradicating colon cancer is awareness. Being aware of risk factors, symptoms, family history and screening options will not only help in fighting the disease itself, but could mean the difference between life and death.
This article explains the importance of testing for symptoms that may reveal a disease or condition that could lead to colon or rectal cancer.
Some say ignorance is bliss, but experience tends to prove otherwise. Make sure you’re informed about the truths and misconceptions concerning colorectal cancer by reviewing this list of myths and realities concerning the disease.
Did your grandparents have colon cancer? Have any of your relatives ever had polyps? Knowing the answers to questions like these could tell you if you are at an increased risk for colon cancer.