We know knowledge is power and that screens save lives. So, as part of our workplace wellness education and awareness initiatives, here are just a few of the health observance theme days and weeks in March to help give you and your employees the knowledge to be informed, the signs and symptoms to look for and become more mindful in taking charge and action of your overall health and wellness.
My March Challenge to you and your workplace is to choose at least one cause or health risk to focus on this month, whether it’s National Nutrition Month, World Water Day on March 22nd, National Sleep Week March 12-18th or promoting preventative colon cancer screens and colonoscopies and sharing the signs and symptoms to look for as part of Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Choose at least one and hep spread the awareness and be a health champion, knowing you could help save a life.
Here is an article from the American Cancer Society on Colorector Cancer Signs and Symptoms. Remembering that screens save lives and that early detection is key to survival and treatment, share these signs and symptoms with your employees as part of your education and prevention initiatives. You can also encourage everyone over 40 or 50 to get a colonoscopy.
Be a Health Champion, choose your cause and take charge. You may not only save on your healthcare costs, but you could even save a life!
Colorectal Cancer Signs and Symptoms
Colorectal cancer might not cause symptoms right away, but if it does, it may cause one or more of these symptoms:
- A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days
- A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by having one
- Rectal bleeding with bright red blood
- Blood in the stool, which may make the stool look dark
- Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain
- Weakness and fatigue
- Unintended weight loss
Colorectal cancers can often bleed into the digestive tract. Sometimes the blood can be seen in the stool or make it look darker, but often the stool looks normal. But over time, the blood loss can build up and can lead to low red blood cell counts (anemia). Sometimes the first sign of colorectal cancer is a blood test showing a low red blood cell count.
Many of these symptoms can be caused by conditions other than colorectal cancer, such as infection, hemorrhoids, or irritable bowel syndrome. Still, if you have any of these problems, it’s important to see your doctor right away so the cause can be found and treated, if needed.