5 things to know about colorectal cancer

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — News 5 Assignment Manager Jennifer Rogers was just diagnosed with colon cancer and is now receiving treatment. You have a chance to meet her and show your support for her, and others with the diagnosis Saturday, May 11 at WKRG’s ‘Butt-Out Colon Cancer Ride.’

This is a motorcycle ride, but all vehicles are welcome. You can register at Mobile Bay Harley Davidson starting at 11:00 a.m. and things will get moving at 12:30 p.m. A police escort will lead supporters to Bob’s Downtown Diner for a bike and car show, raffle, food and music. And you’ll get to spend time with Jennifer.

She said, “It’s become my mission to make sure that people are aware of the disease and what to watch for and how to protect themselves or get screened.”

Oncologists at USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute put together this list of 5 things you should know about colorectal cancer.

1. The lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 20 for men and women.

2. Symptoms include persistent abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea, rectal bleeding, black stools and symptoms of anemia such as fatigue and shortness of breath.

3. For 1 in 10 patients, the underlying cause of colorectal cancer is an inherited genetic condition. Share your family health history with your doctor.

4. Other risk factors include obesity, smoking, consumption of excess alcohol and processed meat, and lack of physical activity.

5. Colon cancer is preventable and curable. The American Cancer Society recommends colorectal screening for people of average risk starting at age 45. Discuss screening with your doctor.

If you would like to attend Butt Out Colon Cancer, here’s what you need to know:
Mobile Bay Harley Davidson
3260 Pleasant Valley Rd
Mobile, AL 36606
Registration: 11:00 a.m.
Ride starts: 12:00 p.m.

Bob’s Downtown Diner
263 St Francis St
Mobile, AL 36602
Bike and car show, raffle, food and music

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