National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Kristi Guillemette | March 2, 2018

Colorectal cancer is treatable when detected early and today there are more than 1 million survivors living in the United States.

Colorectal cancer or colon cancer, occurs in the colon or rectum and although it affects men and women of all ages and races, colorectal cancer is more prevalent in people 50 years or older. Early detection through proper screening is key and that’s why people should talk to their doctor about scheduling a first colorectal screening when they turn the age of 50.

People living with inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, or those with a close family member who has colorectal cancer are at a higher risk. A first screening before the age of 50 and regular monitoring may be appropriate for these individuals.

Following the guidelines for cancer screening can be considered preventative care because early pre-cancerous tissue can be removed during the procedure.  Most people have follow up monitoring 5 – 10 years following the first screening.

Early signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer, at any age, should not be ignored.  If you, or someone you know, are experiencing changes in daily bowel habits, pain, discomfort or blood, it is important to consult with a gastroenterologist who can make a proper diagnosis.

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives.  Take an active role in your health and encourage others to do the same.

Click below to watch a video of Jennifer Davagian, talk about the importance of colorectal cancer screening.