Va. (WVVA) - March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, often referred to as Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
This is a time used to spread the importance of being screened for colon cancer, a preventable disease that is easily curable in early stages.
Gastroenterologist, Dr. Arundeep Kahlon of Clinch Valley Health, said there is more than one symptom to keep an eye out for.
"If they are feeling weak, fatigued, weight, G.I. symptoms, change in the bowl habits and bleeding in the stool, their iron levels have been going down," said Dr. Kahlon. "So definitely do not ignore those. Discuss those. Because, these are subtle symptoms that can be due to colon cancer."
He adds that colon cancer can exist without symptoms.
According to the American Cancer Society, black Americans are 20% more susceptible to colon cancer.
If you fall under the age group of 50 or above, or if you are black and 45 or older, you should be screened.
Contact your local physician for more information on how you can be screened for colorectal cancer today.