March 23, 2020 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates |
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer remains the second to third most common cancer worldwide. It affects both men and women equally. Several recent studies have demonstrated an increasing incidence in younger people (50 years or younger). Most patients with early colon cancer have no symptoms. By the time symptoms develop the cancer can be more advanced. Screening is advisable for any person over the age of 45 years. Some patients with strong family history for polyps or cancers may need to be checked at a much younger age. Furthermore, any person with new symptoms such as recurrent bleeding from the anus, change in bowel habits including diarrhea, constipation, change in stool caliber with narrowing, abdominal pain, anemia [low blood hemoglobin count], or unexplained weight loss should get checked. The best examination is colonoscopy. Screening, early detection, and prevention SAVE LIVES! Get screened and encourage loved ones to do the same. To view the full recorded message by Dr. Maher.
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