Spreading awareness about colorectal cancer

In the month of March, the Rutgers School of Nursing chapter of the American Association of Men in Nursing (AAMN) is doing its part in promoting Colorectal Cancer Awareness and helping to educate the community about the risks and signs of this disease.
“The AAMN is taking on colorectal cancer awareness because it’s a major health concern that affects many people annually,” said Pak Chau, president at large of the Rutgers School of Nursing chapter of the AAMN. “Hopefully, by bringing up these colorectal cancer screening statistics, we can help overcome some of the fears that stop many men from getting routine colonoscopies.”

Throughout this month, AAMN students will be sharing statistics and information with the School of Nursing community, as well as engaging students in discussion about the disease, its symptoms, treatment and prevention.

According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, the partner and sponsor of the Rutgers School of Nursing for this awareness month, colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed form of cancer and second leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the U.S. and impacts men and women equally. According to the organization, while the majority of new cases of the disease occur in people age 50 or older, diagnosis is on the rise in younger people, with as many as 1 in 10 people under the age of 50 being diagnosed. Symptoms of the disease include change in bowel habits, persistent abdominal discomfort or chronic fatigue, though more than half of all diagnosed had no symptoms.

Not only is awareness of the disease important for prevention and personal health, it’s important for the nursing student population to be aware of the disease as future caregivers.
“Students are going to be the next line of health care providers in the hospitals and communities providing care, educating patients, and practicing good public health. We, as students, need to know what kinds of preventative measures can help us manage the ever-aging population,” Chau said.

To learn more about colorectal cancer, including statistics on diagnosis, prevention and treatment, visit the Colorectal Cancer Alliance or call the helpline at 877-422-2030.

The Rutgers School of Nursing chapter of the AAMN exists to educate the general public on the significance of men in the nursing profession and to inspire men to purse a nursing career. To learn more about the organization, email aamn.ruson@gmail.com.

the BOTTOM line about COLORECTAL CANCER

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Your colon is the lower end of your digestive system
Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally
On average, your risk is about 1 in 23
90% of new cases occur in people 50 or older
Colorectal cancer is on the rise in those under 50

RISK FACTORS
People in the following categories are at greater risk of developing the disease:
Individuals with a personal and/or family history of polyps or cancer
People over the age 50
Those with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's Disease
Individuals with the Genetic conditions Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colon Cancer (HNPCC) or Familial Adenomatatous Polyposis (FAP)

Jew of Eastern European descent and certain ethnic groups including African Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and Latinos

WHAT CAN YOU DO

Get screened at age 50, or at 45 if you're African American.  GEt screened earlier if you're high risk
Mainatin a healthy Weight
Adopt a physically active lifestyle
Eat a healthy diet
Don't use tobacco products
Limit Alcohol intake

WARNING SIGNS
Changes in bowel habits, such as Diareah, contipation or narrowing of the stool
A contant need to evactuate the bowel
Blood in the stool
Weakness & Fatigue
Unintended weight loss
Carmping or abdominal pain

MORE THAN 140,000 Americans are diagnosed each year

HOW DOES CRC DEVELOP?

1- MOst CRC begins as a non-cancerous growth called a polyp thaht forms on the innermost layer of the colon or rectum.  Some polyps can become cancerous

2 As a CRC tumor develops, it grows through several Layers of Tissue

3- Eventually the tumpr may reach nearby lymph and blood vessels, and ma even spread to lymph nodes and distant sites in the body

CATCHING CRC EARLY IS IMPORTANT
more than 9 out of 10 individuals diagnosed with early stage CRC that has not spread (metastasized) beyon the colon or Rectum survive 5 years (and many live much longer)

approximately 1 out of 10 individuals with advanced stage CRC that has spread (mestatsasized) to other organs such as the lungs or the liver SURVIVES 5 YEARS

Because the early stages of the disease do not typically cause symptoms, The American Cancer Sociaty recommends screening tests beginning at age 50 for those at average risk for CRC

ccalliance.org
Helpline: 877-422-2030
Colorectal cancer alliance
Rutgers School of Nursing
American Association for Men in Nursing


 

 

 


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