Many people diagnosed never had any symptoms or early warning signs.
|MYTH: Colon cancer is a “men’s disease”||FACT: Colon cancer is just as common among women as men|
|MYTH: Colon cancer cannot be prevented||FACT: In truth, when found early, colon cancer can be prevented from reaching an advanced stage|
|MYTH: I don’t have any symptoms of colon cancer, so there’s no reason to get screened||FACT: Regular screening is the key to early detection because colon cancer often has no obvious signs or symptoms in the early stages|
|MYTH: Age doesn’t matter when it comes to getting colon cancer||FACT: A large percentage of cases of all colon cancers are found in people who are 50 and older|
|MYTH: There’s only one way to get screened||FACT: Not true! Screening procedures have improved and there are a number of different methods available|
Note: Above are the most common signs but it is important to note that the symptoms are not unique – check with your doctor if you suspect a problem.
At the earliest opportunity, turn around. There are things you can do yourself to lower your risk:
See your GP if you have any of the symptoms listed.