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Cancer Survivor: Get Tested, for Your Family's Sake

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011   

AUSTIN, Texas - Don't tell colon cancer survivor Robert Webster that it's a disease that only strikes people over 50. His daughter was also diagnosed with the disease – when she was just 20. That's why Webster is volunteering as a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society (ACS) about the importance of recognizing symptoms, understanding risks, and getting screened.

"If you've had a history of it in your family, particularly at younger ages – both my grandmother and mother had it at age 36 – your likelihood to have it at an early age is much stronger."

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the ACS says there is proof that early detection, better treatments and healthier lifestyles are working, because colorectal cancer rates have dropped significantly over the past decade. Even so, it's the third-leading cause of cancer in Texas.

While normal screening starts at age 50, Webster says he and his family were tested much earlier. Then, he adds, there is prevention.

"To maintain a healthy weight, to watch what you eat - eat a healthy diet, don't eat too much red meat for example; avoid smoking, and be reasonable on alcohol consumption."

There also are symptoms such as blood in the stool, a change in bowel habits, and abdominal pain, any of which merit a check with a doctor. The ACS' symptom list can be found at http://ht.ly/4fcLc.



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