Screen for life
There are so many things in life that we can’t control, but we can control is colorectal cancer by talking to your doctor about a screening.
Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the CDC is urging everyone over the age of 50 to talk to their doctor about getting a screening that could save their lives.
The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. More than 90 percent of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but many people are not being screened according to national guidelines.
If you’re 50 years old or older, getting a screening test for colorectal cancer could save your life. Colorectal cancer screening tests can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented. Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment often leads to a cure.
Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important. Symptoms for colorectal cancer may include blood in the stool; stomach pain, aches or cramps that do not go away or even losing weight for no reason.
These symptoms could also be caused by something other than cancer. If you’re having any of these symptoms, the only way to know what is causing them is to see your doctor.
So remember, colorectal cancer screening saves lives. According to CDC, if everyone who is 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. So why put it off? Get your screening today – it could save your life!
To find out more about colorectal cancer, visit CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/features/colorectalawareness.
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