March is National Colorectal Cancer Month. On the main Bon Secours blog, you can find a number of articles and resources on colon cancer and related illnesses, and learn more about these illnesses that strike about 150,000 people in the United States each year. At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists, we focus on joint pain arising from injury and/or illness, and may help cancer patients in their full continuum of care to improve quality of life.
Some important facts to know about colorectal cancers:
- Colorectal cancer is one of leading causes of cancer-related deaths in this country, and the third most common cancer illness in men and women. (Source: CDC)
- In 2020, over 50,000 people died of this disease, accounting for nearly 9% of all cancer-related deaths (Source: National Cancer Institute)
- People of all ages may be diagnosed, but the risk of colorectal cancer is higher among people over the age of 50. A doctor may recommend scheduling a colonoscopy at this age.
- Symptoms of colorectal cancer include blood in stool, change in bowel, excessive gas and abdominal discomfort, and fatigue.
Is there a link between joint pain and colorectal cancer? Studies have been written that suggest joint pain may occur after diagnosis, and that this illness can give rise to joint stiffness and discomfort.
One paper published for the National Institute of Health reported a connection between one patient’s knee pain and a rare, metastatic colon cancer. The pain was revealed to be related to a tumor following a history of cancer.
Additionally, Cancer.net reports that joint pain may occur in patients due to specific types of cancer. In turn, the joint stiffness can inhibit treatment and make one’s illness seem worse. If you have been diagnosed with cancer or are undergoing treatment, it’s important to watch for side effects that can effect your quality of life.
For more information about cancer screening during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, contact your nearest Bon Secours facility. For concerns about joint pain, arthritis, and bone fractures, the physicians at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists are here to help. Contact us today to learn more.