Diabetes Self-Management Blog

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to spreading awareness about preventing and treating this condition, which is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

It is estimated that more than 140,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2012, and if you have Type 2 diabetes, you are at increased risk. For people who have no identified risk factors, regular screenings for colorectal cancer are recommended starting at age 50. Those with risk factors beyond their age (such as diabetes) should speak with their doctor about when to start screenings and how frequently to be screened.

For more information about colorectal cancer screening tests, and for guidance if you or a loved one is dealing with this condition, see the following resources:

The colorectal cancer awareness page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site provides information about symptoms and screening, as well as several short videos, and a list of questions to ask your doctor. Information is also available in Spanish.

The colon and rectal cancer page on the Web site of the National Cancer Institute includes information about colorectal cancer screening, information about various types of treatment, and information about clinical trials, including how to find a cancer treatment trial.

The American Cancer Society’s colon/rectum cancer Web page includes information about early detection, facts and figures, links to online communities and services that provide lodging and transportation for people undergoing treatments, side effect tracking worksheets, stories of hope, and more.

The Web site of the Colon Club includes an active forum for people dealing with colorectal cancer, information about their prevention efforts — such as the Colossal Colon (a 40-foot long model of the colon, complete with various colon conditions, that visitors can crawl through) — and links to related sites.

On DiabetesSelfManagement.com, the article “Preventing Colorectal Cancer” provides information about the condition and its risk factors, as well as how diet and other lifestyle factors influence risk.

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.

POST A COMMENT       
  

Comments
  1. There are no comments at this time.


Post a Comment

Note: All comments are moderated and there may be a delay in the publication of your comment. Please be on-topic and appropriate. Do not disclose personal information. Be respectful of other posters. Only post information that is correct and true to your knowledge. When referencing information that is not based on personal experience, please provide links to your sources. All commenters are considered to be nonmedical professionals unless explicitly stated otherwise. Promotion of your own or someone else's business or competing site is not allowed: Sharing links to sites that are relevant to the topic at hand is permitted, but advertising is not. Once submitted, comments cannot be modified or deleted by their authors. Comments that don't follow the guidelines above may be deleted without warning. Such actions are at the sole discretion of DiabetesSelfManagement.com. Comments are moderated Monday through Friday by the editors of DiabetesSelfManagement.com. The moderators are employees of Madavor Media, LLC., and do not report any conflicts of interest. A privacy policy setting forth our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of certain information relating to you and your use of this Web site can be found here. For more information, please read our Terms and Conditions.


What We're Reading
"Safe at School" Diabetes Workshops in Maryland (09/12/14)
Free Diabetes Screenings From Sam's Club (09/12/14)
College Diabetes Network (09/09/14)
Support Medicare Coverage of CGMs (09/02/14)

 

 

Disclaimer of Medical Advice: You understand that the blog posts and comments to such blog posts (whether posted by us, our agents or bloggers, or by users) do not constitute medical advice or recommendation of any kind, and you should not rely on any information contained in such posts or comments to replace consultations with your qualified health care professionals to meet your individual needs. The opinions and other information contained in the blog posts and comments do not reflect the opinions or positions of the Site Proprietor.