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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 1, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer (CRC), also known as colon cancer, is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people who are 50 years old or older. Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States.

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has guidelines for colorectal cancer screening and recommends people at average risk for colorectal cancer begin screening at age 45. In the most recent guideline update, ACS lowered the age to start screening because studies show rates of colorectal cancer among people younger than 50 are on the rise. ACS experts have determined that screening starting at 45 could help save more lives.
Screening can find precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment works best. About nine out of every 10 people whose colorectal cancers are found early and treated appropriately are still alive five years later.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests:
·        Stool Tests
·        Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
·        Colonoscopy
·        CT Colonography (Virtual Colonoscopy)

Therapy Helps Side Effects of Colorectal Treatment

Cancer and cancer-related treatments can cause physical problems. These problems can include pain, numbness, swelling, weakness, loss of balance, and difficulty moving or walking.   But physical and occupational therapy can help.  Specially designed exercise programs helps decrease fatigue, improve balance and improves the ability to perform daily tasks.  Modalities such as Cold laser and Lympha Touch negative pressure help decrease pain and increase tissue flexibility.  Manual lymph drainage, pneumatic compression and compression garments help reduce swelling and reduce risk of infection.   The therapists at Therapy Achievements will create an individualized treatment plan to address your needs and help you manage cancer related problems and side effects.  They will identify ways to improve your health and function, so you can return to work and other activities.

Remember screening is ESSENTIAL during COVID-19! Contact your doctor to schedule a screening.

For more information about colorectal cancer terms, risk factors, and screening methods visit https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/.


March 1, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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