When I began seeing blood in my stool, I hadn’t been to my primary care physician for 10 or 15 years. I read that the cause could be internal hemorrhoids — not unusual for a 47-year-old man. Fortunately, I didn’t ignore the signs and instead decided to call my doctor.
Guest Blogger: Benjamin Hyatt, MD, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Division of Gastroenterology
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s time to discuss an uncomfortable topic: colon health. Let’s start with the bad news: Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United States. But here’s some good news: it’s most often preventable.
Aspirin has long been credited with helping reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and now, evidence (National Cancer Institute) suggests that taking a low-dose aspirin every day for five years or more may cut the risk of colon cancer by up to 35 percent among people who are at high risk.