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Colorectal Cancer Screenings Save Lives

Colorectal Cancer Screenings Save Lives

Did you know that one in 23 men and one in 25 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) in their lifetime? It’s the second leading cancer-related killer in the U.S.

Despite these statistics, there is good news. A colorectal cancer screening can detect a problem early when it is most treatable. As early detection awareness grows, it’s estimated that there are over 1.5 million colorectal cancer survivors in the U.S.

Knowing these symptoms could help you catch CRC at an early stage:

  • An ongoing change in bowel habits

  • Stools that are narrower than usual

  • Blood in stool

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Frequent gas, bloating, fullness, or cramping

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Constant weakness and fatigue.

Risk factors for CRC:

  • Age

  • Personal history of polyps or cancer

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

  • Family history and genetics

  • Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption

  • Fatty diet

  • Obesity

Anyone can get screened for colon cancer, although it is highly recommended for adults 45 and older.

The American Cancer Society updated it guidelines in 2018 to include a larger age group as researchers have seen an increasing risk of colorectal cancer in younger adults.

The most thorough screening is an outpatient colonoscopy. Another option is a hemocult test done in the privacy and comfort of your own home.

Ask your provider if scheduling a colorectal cancer screening is right for you. If you don’t have a provider, visit our website to find one closest to you.

Early colorectal cancer diagnosis is important, as most cases are treatable and beatable!


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