March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
There is no better time than now to contact your physician and schedule your colorectal cancer screening
While it may not be the most comfortable topic for you to discuss with your physician, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, more lethal than breast or prostate cancer, and the third most diagnosed cancer in both men and women. Unlike other cancers where screening is aimed at early detection, colon cancer screening can actually prevent the cancer from ever occurring. This is done by detecting and removing pre-cancerous growths, and that is why screenings are so important.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that all individuals receive regular colorectal cancer screenings beginning at age 50.
- Age – Individuals over the age of 50 are more likely to develop colorectal cancer.
- Genetics – African Americans are at the highest risk of developing colorectal cancer.
- Heredity – A history of colorectal cancer in your family puts you at higher risk.
- History of cancers – Those with a personal history of colorectal, ovarian or endometrial cancer or colon polyps are at higher risk.