March is the month of Colon Cancer Awarness according to the Colorectal cancer alliance. It seems appropriate to give prominence to this type of cancer, which is one of the leading causes of death among cancer-related deaths. Colorectal Cancer is a form of cancer that originates in the colon in which an abnormal growth of cells invades the tissues and can spread to various parts of the body.
The causes of colon cancer can be found in genetic factors, lifestyle and diet (obesity, smoking and low physical activity are risk factors).
Often this type of cancer remains asymptomatic for years, continuing its growth until it is detected, because regular screening is essential, in fact if discovered at an early stage this tumor can be cured.
Among the most used methods to detect this type of cancer we find High-sensitivity fecal occult blood tests (FOBT), Stool DNA (FIT-DNA), Sigmoidoscopy, Colonscopy.
Colon Cancer affects men and women and generally appears after 50 years of age so it is prudent from that age on (but even before) to take appropriate tests. You can also try the Felix-Burda Foundation questionnaire, which obviously does not replace a medical screening. Pay attention to symptoms such as abdominal pain, irregular bowel movements and blood in the stool. Prevention in these cases is everything, if you want to know more we recommend the Colorectal Cancer Alliance site.