March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colonoscopies Save Lives

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US.  Colorectal cancer is caused by abnormal growths, called polyps, forming in the colon or rectum and becoming cancerous.  There are few, if any, symptoms in the early stages.  That’s why screening is so essential for early detection.

In addition, there have been changes regarding screenings in recent years – mostly because of the rising rates of colorectal cancer in younger adults. In fact, the American Cancer Society has lowered its recommended age for colorectal cancer screening from 50 to 45 for adults of average risk.

Despite all of this, colon cancer is considered preventable if caught in time.  Colon cancer cases and deaths have steadily declined in patients over 55 because of screenings, especially colonoscopies, which can detect and remove polyps before they become cancerous.

In short, they can stop cancer before it has a chance to start.  So, our Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month theme is simply this:  Colonoscopies Save Lives because they do.