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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is one of the most detectable and, if found early enough, most treatable forms of cancer. Over 90% of all colon cancers can be prevented through early detection. That’s significant! So if you’re 50 or older, getting a screening test for colon cancer could actually save your life. Here’s how: Colon cancer usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. A polyp is a growth that shouldn't be there. Over time, some polyps can develop into cancer. A screening colonoscopy can find polyps, so they can be removed before becoming malignant. A screening colonoscopy can also find colon cancer early. When found early, the chances of being cured are good!

You should begin regular screening for colorectal cancer at 50 years of age. We recommend every 5 years thereafter. Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing colorectal cancer. Having any of these things may increase your risk—

  • Inflammatory bowel disease.
  • A personal or family history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
  • Genetic syndromes, like familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (also known as Lynch syndrome).

If you think you may be at high risk for colorectal cancer, talk to us about when and how often to get tested. Don’t put this on hold. Don’t make your body wait any longer. Call us and put your mind at ease.

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