By: Idries J. Abdur-Rahman, MD, FACOG
When most people think about cancer in women, breast and ovarian cancer are usually the first two that come to mind. Many are actually surprised to learn that colorectal (colon) cancer is the third most prevalent cancer among women (behind breast and lung) and the second most deadly cancer in women. With over 60,000 cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed annually in American women, we really need to shine more of a light on this highly preventable and easily diagnosed disease.
Let’s be honest though. While no one really likes to discuss cancer in general, there is a particular aversion to talking about colorectal cancer. So, why all of the stigma when it comes to colorectal cancer and colorectal health? Much of it has to do with the fact that colonoscopies, while more popular than Congress according to recent polls, are still not on people’s top 10 list of favorite things to do. Add to this the fact that discussions about what our bowels may or may not be doing just isn’t something that most people consider polite conversation and you have our current situation.
For women in particular, this lack of colorectal health awareness is further compounded by the fact that medical research frequently focuses on men and the fact that women have a tendency of putting their own healthcare needs behind those of everyone else in their household.
So, let’s talk about colorectal cancer, ladies.
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