Cancer Companions - March newsletter

Antioch’s Cancer Companions
March Cancers Awareness
Colorectal and Kidney Cancer +
Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer ribbon

Colorectal Cancer
Ribbon color: Dark Blue
The American Cancer Society recommends that people at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45 through the age of 75. This can be done either with a sensitive test that looks for signs of cancer in a person’s stool (a stool-based test), or with an exam that looks at the colon and rectum (a visual exam).

The most common SYMPTOMS of colorectal cancer include:

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days
  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that's not relieved by having one
  • Rectal bleeding with bright red blood
  • Blood in the stool, which may make the stool look dark
  • Cramping or abdominal (belly) pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss


Kidney Cancer ribbon

Kidney Cancer
Ribbon color: Orange
Fact: Many kidney cancers are found fairly early, while they are still limited to the kidney.

The most common SYMPTOMS of kidney cancer include:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Low back pain on one side (not caused by injury)
  • A mass (lump) on the side or lower back
  • Fatigue(tiredness)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight lossnot caused by dieting
  • Fever that is not caused by an infection and that doesn’t go away
  • Anemia(low red blood cell counts)

Multiple Myeloma ribbon

Multiple Myeloma

Ribbon color: Burgundy
What is it? Multiple Myeloma is a type of blood cancer that starts in white blood cells called plasma cells, which help your body fight infections


The most common SYMPTOMS of multiple myeloma include:

  • Bone pain
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Infections
  • Easy bruising or bleeding


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