National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month offering healthcare providers a valuable opportunity to educate our community about diseases of the colon and rectum and promote awareness of the importance of colorectal cancer screening, prevention, and treatment. Regular screening, beginning at age 45, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer. Someone at a higher risk of developing colon or rectal cancer may need to be tested earlier or more often. You have a higher risk of colon cancer if you have:
- A family history of colorectal polyps/cancer
- An inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis
- An inherited syndrome, such as Lynch syndrome, that increases your cancer risk
- Type 2 diabetes
Colonoscopy is considered the gold standard of colorectal cancer screening. Prioritize your colon health this month and book an appointment today!