Following the tragic death of award winning actor, Chadwick Boseman, who died aged 43, the need to create more awareness and enlighten people on the early detection of colon cancer surfaced.
It is said that this condition affects 1 out of 23 men and studies have shown that a great number of individuals below the age of 50 are at greater risk for colorectal cancer (colon cancer).
A study made it known that the risk percentage increased from 10% in 2004 to 12.2% in 2014. Another study predicted that the rates for colon cancer in persons between the ages of 20 and 34 would increase by 90% in 2030. The increment of rectal cancer rates by 124% between the same age group was also predicted.
Colon/colorectal cancer might not be at the forefront of your mind as a person aged under 50 but due to the increasing incidence found within the group, It is only wise to be on guard. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Presently, the reason why younger generations are the major victims of colorectal or colon cancer is yet unknown but expert findings made it clear that the arising cases might be from hereditary cancer symptoms (genetic mutations) and more in line with family history. In essence, the major apparent cause isn’t known.
Persons under 50 are therefore advised to make time for screening tests, which include both stool-based and visual examination tests, to assess for an incidence of colon cancer and check its overall increasing prevalence.
Signs of colon cancer
Its symptoms can be either be subtle or extremely alarming. Vigilance and awareness of bodily changes can serve as warning signs needed to detect the cancer at an early stage and take corrective/ preventive measures against it. The following are symptoms to watch out for;
- increased fatigue or reduction in exercise stamina
- feeling of fullness or bloating
- feeling the need to have bowel movements when not needed/necessary and discomfort
- unexplainable weight loss
- an increase in straining with bowel movements
- bowel pattern changes; shape or size
- rectal bleeding
Colon cancer can be prevented. It is never too early to get screened. Visit your doctor immediately you notice any symptoms.