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Elder Care Memorial TX: March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Caring For Our Seniors During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

 

Elder Care Memorial TX:  Recommended screening is a very critical part of preventative care. Colorectal cancer is an issue that all seniors should be screened for. March is committed to helping folks gain knowledge about this disease. It is the second top cause of deaths stemming from cancers that influence both sexes, and 90% of individuals diagnosed with colon cancer were over 50. It is advised that screening start at age 50 and progress until age 75. There are different tests that should be performed routinely to examine for colon cancer.

A colonoscopy should be done once and then every ten years. During this exam, the large and small bowels are viewed with a little camera. This is performed to uncover and take out any polyps and is critical to early cancer diagnosis. The first colonoscopy should be done at age fifty.

While a colonoscopy allows the exam of the entire four to five feet of the colon, a flexible sigmoidoscopy permits the sigmoid colon or the final two feet to be viewed. A colonoscopy is a preferred procedure over a sigmoidoscopy; however, a sigmoidoscopy is shorter. A sigmoidoscopy should be completed every five years.Elder Care Memorial TX

A fecal occult blood test is a process of colorectal cancer screening that should be done each year. This involves a stool sample being sent to a lab for testing. Chemicals are used to identify blood that cannot be seen. If blood is discovered in the stool, further testing is mandatory. A patient may be referred for a colonoscopy.

A double contrast barium enema may be used every five years for extra testing. This is an approach in which an X-ray of the colon is obtained. The barium used in this exam  highlights the large intestine. It is at the same time delivered to expand the colon, allowing for clearer images. The barium will pass out of the body with stools.

Every person between the ages of fifty and seventy-five should have regular testing for colorectal cancer. Testing should be set up sooner with family history of colorectal cancer or with a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease. Tests are also recommended in some seniors who are over the age of seventy-five. Talk to your primary care physician about colorectal cancer screening today.

At Your Side Home Care is dedicated to helping our seniors live life to its fullest! If you are interested in how we can help your family with elder care in the Memorial area, call 832-271-1600.

 

Donna Wrabel, LMSW

For most of us, the word "home" evokes warm feelings of comfort, security and well-being. For older adults, home also means holding tight to cherished memories and maintaining self-esteem and independence. When illness, injury or age make life a little more challenging, remaining at home in a comfortable, familiar environment encourages recovery and enhances the quality of life. Home can be defined as a private residence, an independent or assisted living facility or even a short term stay in the hospital, we recognize the additional benefits provided by a personal, professional assistant.

Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.

Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week