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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – March

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

I’m getting a screening this month. Is it time for you to get a check up too? Here’s some info to get you thinking about it…

An important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is obtaining age appropriate health screenings. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal “colon” cancer is one of the types of cancer that when detected early can often be stopped because it starts with a growth called a polyp that can be removed before it becomes cancerous. Colon cancer is most commonly diagnosed in men and women over age 50.

Colorectal cancer is a major health problem, according to Dr. Curtis Baum, Director, Cotton O’Neil Digestive Health Center. It is the third most common cancer among both men and women in the United States. Asking for information about colon cancer testing isn’t easy for everyone, but the American Cancer Society can help. You can call anytime, 1-800-ACS-2345 and receive confidential educational information about colorectal cancer and the options available for testing.

If you are 50 years of age or older and interested in colorectal cancer screening, you are encouraged to discuss this with your primary care physician. Some people with a
family history of colon cancer may require screening starting at an earlier age.

Don’t be fooled by how you feel physically because many patients diagnosed with both polyps and colorectal cancer have no symptoms.

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