Having lost a relative to colon cancer, March which is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month serves as an acute reminder of how critical it is to have a colonoscopy. In fact, the American Cancer Society reports that colon cancer is one of the few types of cancer that is preventable with screening.
Every year, colon cancer assumes more than 52,000 people’s lives.
Among, men and women, colorectal cancer also, referred to as colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in America.
Fifty years old is the golden age to schedule a colonoscopy, as the risk of colorectal cancer improves with age. Colon cancer screening detects any precancerous polyps before they change to cancerous cells.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that approximately 40% of people (aged 50 to 75 years old) in the United States have not had a recommended colorectal cancer screening.
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Source (USPSTS) recommends a colonoscopy every 10 years.
Ninety percent of the cases of colorectal cancer happen to individuals 50 years and older.
Based on the American Cancer Society’s statistics, every year, an estimated 142,000 Americans receive a colorectal cancer diagnosis.
Fight Colorectal Cancer reports that at least 60 percent of colon cancer related deaths are avoidable.
There are three types of colon cancer screenings, approved by the Health and Human Service Department’s USPSTF. These include: flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and a double-contrast barium enema (DCBE).
In addition to scheduling a colorectal cancer screening, there are a total of six approaches to preventing colon cancer: Consume fruit and vegetables. Limit alcohol intake. Don’t smoke. Maintain a healthy weight. Be active.