It’s estimated 100 thousand people in the US will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the country.
March is colon cancer awareness month and local surgeons are stressing to gulf coast residents early detection is key.
One surgeon at Garden Park Medical Center tells News 25 many of the warning signs may not seem like a big deal, but they should be taken very seriously.
“The early signs of colon cancer can be very subtle. It can be blood in the bowel movement. It can be irregularities in the bowel movement. It can be fatigue or anemia. It can be sudden weight loss, abdominal pain, recurring episodes of nausea. If someone experiences any of those types of symptoms it’s very important they get to their doctor and get evaluated for possible colorectal cancer”
– Dr. Paul Mace General Surgeon, Garden Park Medical Center
Dr. Mace says people over 50 should be screened yearly.
Those screenings can be as simple as testing the stool for blood.
WXXV and Fred’s Pharmacy have teamed up to provide free home-screening kits all month.
You can pick yours up at any Fred’s Pharmacy location on the coast.