MAR 02, 2017 8:29 AM PST

Colon Cancer Awareness


March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. There are about 15 deaths per 100,000 people and at some point, 4% of men and women will be diagnosed. African American men are at a higher risk and experts advise that regardless of race, screening is key. Early onset colon cancer is especially tough to treat as most patients who are diagnosed under the age of 40 had not yet been screened and the disease can be further along.

Lawrence Melvin, older brother to NBC reporter Craig Melvin, was diagnosed at age 39. There was no history in the family and Lawrence had no other risk factors such as drinking or smoking. When he was diagnosed, the disease was already at Stage 4. After surgery and treatment, he is doing well, but his family worries. He has two children, both of whom will now be advised to start screening earlier than most. With no family history, most patients are screened at age 50. Medical professionals advise that relatives of patients who had early onset of colon cancer start screening 10 years earlier than the age their relative was at diagnosis. Prevention is key in colon cancer, check with your health provider to see what you should be doing to stay well.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
JUN 30, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Axion: Could the Curious Particle "Kill Two Birds with One Stone"
JUN 30, 2020
Axion: Could the Curious Particle "Kill Two Birds with One Stone"
Physicists often ponder in an unusual way: they use one unsolved problem as a hypothetic solution to another, hoping to ...
SEP 08, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Reusable Chinese Space Craft Lands Returns Earth
SEP 08, 2020
Reusable Chinese Space Craft Lands Returns Earth
The Chinese government has announced the safe return of a reusable spacecraft, called Chongfu Shiyong Shiyan Hangtian Qi ...
SEP 10, 2020
Plants & Animals
Scientists Document Swimming Styles of Sea Butterflies
SEP 10, 2020
Scientists Document Swimming Styles of Sea Butterflies
Snails, marine and terrestrial, are likely primarily imagined to be attached to a substrate. However, under the waves, t ...
SEP 24, 2020
Plants & Animals
High Arctic Polar Bears are Temporarily Benefitting from Climate Change
SEP 24, 2020
High Arctic Polar Bears are Temporarily Benefitting from Climate Change
For the past few decades, polar bears have been harbingers of climate change. However, not every polar bear subpopu ...
NOV 12, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Can a Chemical Be Both Nurturing and Destructive?
NOV 12, 2020
Can a Chemical Be Both Nurturing and Destructive?
On August 4, a megascale explosion almost leveled half of Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. At the center of the negl ...
NOV 19, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Unlocking the Secret of a Tasty Cold Drink
NOV 19, 2020
Unlocking the Secret of a Tasty Cold Drink
Sour beer isn't for everyone: its unique taste of acidity and tartness could excite some but turn off others.  ...
Loading Comments...