March was first declared Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month nationally in 2000. Each year the initiative has grown, but the message has remained the same. Cancer of the colon and/or rectum is the second leading cause of cancer related death in America and is the third most diagnosed cancer among men and women.
In 2014, nearly 1,500 people in Georgia will die from colorectal cancer, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Colorectal cancer is preventable. In fact, through screening tests, 9 out of 10 cases of colorectal cancer can be prevented.
Diagram of the stomach, small intestine, cecum, ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon, and rectum.
This diagram shows the location of the stomach, small intestine, cecum, ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon, and rectum.
Colorectal cancer is a disease in which cells in the colon or rectum grow out of control. Sometimes it is called colon cancer, for short. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.
Sometimes abnormal growths, called polyps, form in the colon or rectum. Over time, some polyps may turn into cancer. Screening tests can find polyps so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment works best.
What Are the Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum that can turn into cancer if not removed) and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. Someone could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why getting screened regularly for colorectal cancer is so important.
If you have symptoms, they may include—
- A change in bowel habits.
- Blood in or on your stool (bowel movement).
- Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty all the way.
- Abdominal pain, aches, or cramps that don’t go away.
- Weight loss and you don’t know why.
If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. They may be caused by something other than cancer. The only way to know what is causing them is to see your doctor.
Asbestos Exposure Linked to Colorectal Cancer
If you were employed by a railroad company prior to 1982, there is a high likelihood that you were exposed to asbestos while working. Asbestos exposure can lead to a wide variety of health problems including colon cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer, our legal team wants to hear from you. We work with asbestos victims to recover compensation for the time they spent working with this toxic material. Some asbestos-related illnesses can take decades to develop. This makes it very important for those who worked with asbestos to stay on top of routine health screening.
There is currently over $30 billion dollars put away in trusts for individuals who develop health problems after being exposed to asbestos. We make it simple for you to file claims for these trusts and get awarded the compensation you deserve. If a member of your family has passed away from one of these illnesses, reach out to our team to learn more about your options.
Free Asbestos Exposure Consultation in United States
At Sammons & Berry, P.C. we offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, so you can discuss the facts of your case without paying for anything upfront. Asbestos trusts claims do not require a lawsuit, depositions, or courtrooms. The process is simple and easy for the client and should not require any stressful legal confrontations for the client. The law firm handles all of the claims for the client, helping you maximize your compensation.
We do not accept any payments from our clients until they receive compensation. We charge on a contingent fee basis, which means you pay a percentage of what you get paid in your claim. If we are unable to collect anything for you, there is no cost to you.
Call (800) 519-1440 to speak with a Sammons and Berry, P.C. representative and start your journey towards compensation.
Wrongful Death Claims For Families of Asbestos Victims
If you have lost someone in your family due to the harmful exposure of asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation. If you can provide the work history and a death certificate for your loved one, our attorneys can help you file an asbestos claim. We understand how difficult this process can be, this is why we work with you every step of the way to help you get the money you deserve. Reach out to our team today to learn more about filing a claim for a family member.