March brings us National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. This initiative, begun by President Clinton in February of 2000, was designed to increase awareness of one of the most common cancers in America.
- Over 90 percent of new cases occur in people over the age of 50.
- A history of colon polyps or inflammatory bowel disease.
- Obesity is a contributing factor.
- Physical inactivity.
- A diet high in animal fat. Individuals with diets high in grains, vegetables and fruits have shown a decreased rate of colon cancer.
- Moderate alcohol consumption.
What to Look For
The following symptoms are associated with several diseases including hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, infections and cancer. Do not jump to any conclusions should your parent exhibit any of these signs. A thorough examination by their primary health care practitioner will determine the cause and the possible solution. In many instances, colon cancer exhibits no warning signs or symptoms.
- A change in bowel habits that may include diarrhea, constipation or change in shape or color of the stool that lasts for longer than a few days
- A constant feeling of needing to have a bowel movement
- Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
- Abdominal pain, bloating or cramping
- Unexplained weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Extreme Fatigue
How to Prevent
In addition to helping your loved one live a healthy lifestyle that includes eating right, exercising and decreasing stress, the most important prevention technique is to follow through on the recommended colon cancer screenings beginning at the age of 50 and performed once a year. Almost all cancers start as benign polyps. If these small tumors are removed, cancer is prevented. If detected early, surgical treatment of colon cancer has a very high success rate.
Home Care Provider
If you need assistance helping your loved one incorporate healthy habits into their lifestyle, or they need additional assistance in the daily activities of living, consider obtaining the services of a home care provider. These professionals can not only assist with the daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing and light housekeeping; they can also help your parent lead a healthy lifestyle. They can assist with the grocery shopping, prepare colon-healthy meals, and accompany your parent on walks or to the local senior community center for exercise classes.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Fort Lauderdale, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.
Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.
Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.
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