March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Did You Know? Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.
Colorectal, or colon, cancer occurs in the colon or rectum. Often, colorectal cancer begins as non-cancerous growths, called polyps, on the lining of the colon or rectum. If left untreated, these polyps may become cancerous.
Approximately 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year, and it takes a life every 10 minutes in the U.S. There is good news: colorectal cancer is 90% preventable when detected early. Since colorectal cancer often has no symptoms until it is at an advanced stage, regular screening is necessary to detect early, when treatment is most successful. Regular screening tests can detect pre-cancerous polyps so they can be removed before they develop into cancer.
There are a number of different screening methods for colorectal cancer, but colonoscopies are the most effective. Starting at age 50, or earlier if there is a family history of colorectal cancer, everyone should have regular colonoscopies. Age, family history, and other factors will determine how often you should be screened. Speak with your doctor to determine when and how you should be tested for colorectal cancer.
If everyone aged 50 or over or at risk got screened for colorectal cancer, 30,000 lives could be saved! March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Take this time to schedule a screening test or ensure that your loved ones understand the importance of colorectal cancer screening. You may be eligible for free or low cost cancer screenings. Call Karen at 791-9272 or visit CCHD’s Cancer Control page for more information. To learn more about colorectal cancer, visit www.crcawareness.com.