March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Tag2NagColorectal cancer is a subject that may make people feel a bit squeamish, but it’s a subject that needs to be discussed. Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and in women.

This type of cancer, which is commonly called colon cancer, starts in either the colon or the rectum. In nearly all cases, it starts with a polyp, which is a small growth on the lining of the colon or the rectum.

The good news about colon cancer is that it is preventable and treatable. It can be prevented by finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous. When discovered early enough, it is highly treatable. Approximately half of all the colon cancer deaths in the U.S. could be prevented if everyone aged 50 and older got screened for colon cancer.

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Colorectal Cancer: Detection & Awareness

dr and patientsDid you know that each year about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and that more than 50,000 die from the disease each year?

This March it’s time to turn your attention to your colon health. Although this probably isn’t something that is at the top of your mind on a day-to-day basis, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to consider how to prevent, detect and treat one of the most deadly forms of cancer. 

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