National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – March

“Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone who is 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.”  Learn more here.

To have a better chance to beat some cancers, you have to spot them early. For a number of cancers, this is possible, through screening tests. And colorectal cancer is among these.

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lisa Richardson says screening can find and remove problem cells before they can develop into colorectal cancer, and find cancers early, when they are easiest to treat.

“There are two types of tests. One test is done to look for blood in the stool, and the other test involves a lighted scope, which actually looks at the colon.’’

Richardson says that, if the cancer is caught early, the odds of being cured are 90 percent.

Ask your RHG provider about your colorectal cancer screening. All adults ages 50-74 should be screened at regular intervals for colorectal cancer.