|March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
The facts about Colon Cancer:
Colon cancer is one of the most easily detectable forms of cancer and one of the most treatable when caught early. Yet, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
Did you know March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month? Make sure you’re aware of your risk for this disease and you are planning on getting screened.
Guidelines state that everyone should have their colons checked starting at age 50, but you may need to get checked even earlier if you are at higher risk, including: a family history of colon cancer OR polyps, or if you suffer from Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis or Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Understanding risk factors, symptoms and screening options can not only help prevent colon cancer, it can save lives.
- 150,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year
- It affects men and women equally
- Those with a family history of colon cancer OR polyps are at an increased risk
- If you suffer from Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis or Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you are at an increased risk
- It often has no symptoms in its early stages
- Screening can reduce your risk by up to 90% because polyps found during this process can be removed BEFORE they have a chance to develop into cancer.