March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and though colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.S., it's not discussed openly. More than 140,000 men and women in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2018 and 50,630 will die of the disease. In North Dakota alone 350 will be diagnosed and 110 will die of colorectal cancer in 2018.
If you're like many Americans, you are already struggling to keep your new year's resolutions. But consider the big picture: lifestyle changes like exercising more, quitting smoking and eating better are long-term strategies that may reduce your risk of cancer. About 1.7 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2018, with 4100 diagnoses in North Dakota alone—but many cases are preventable.
BISMARCK—Communication is key. We hear this frequently about relationships with our families and partners, but it's also important when it comes to relationships with our health care professionals. Some types of cancer, including prostate, may not show any symptoms until the cancer progresses to a more advanced stage. For these cancers, it's vital to know the risk factors and options for screenings so you can take charge of your health. Since women are often the ones who make medical appointments for the men in their lives, this message is important for everyone.