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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

According to the CDC, Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it¹. If you do the math that is roughly 1 in 3 (or 28%) of people diagnosed with colon cancer will die from colorectal cancer per year. It is also the third most common form of cancer² according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No one likes being poked in the back side, but when it comes to your health, one has to do what they have to do. To be foolish with your life and risk the possibilities of wearing a bag on your hip and a tube in your abdomen, instead of having regular bowel movements, would not be the most ideal way to live the rest of your life. A more common outcome of not being treated in time would be the possibility of dying from the cancer. Colorectal cancer, just like other cancers, can begin to spread to other parts of the body the more time it is left untreated, making death the most probable outcome. Sadly, it also seems to affect those that are 50 years and older and we all know that the older we become the tougher it is to deal with the treatment options. For instance, radiation therapy, which makes people weak, causes nausea and other side effects which will further hindering a happy, healthy lifestyle.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, the best medicine is to provide them with as much assistance as possible to help them get through the tough times ahead. We recommend seeking some professional assistance from a certified home health aide. Gaining assistance from a certified home health aide from a licensed home care service agency, such as Exclusive Care, can be the key to a happy, independent lifestyle during or post cancer treatment. An aide can provide such services as: cooking, cleaning, dressing, and even taking the patient out an about town to get to doctor’s appointment or social events. If you know someone that is having difficulty due to colorectal cancer or any other forms of cancer, feel free to reach out to Exclusive Care to explore the options in how to obtain a home health aide. You can call us at 718-364-4032.

¹ http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/ColorectalAwareness/

² http://healthfinder.gov/NHO/MarchToolkit.aspx