Cancer Awareness Month
Loving your colon means taking care of it. After all, preventing
and treating colorectal cancer could save your life.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It is
one of the most preventable forms of cancer and the rate of successful treatment is high, especially when the cancer is treated early. In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Month, we have assembled this page with information on what you need to know.
10 things you need to know about colorectal cancer
- Age is the main risk factor for colorecetal cancer. Screening starts at age 50.
- African-Americans and anyone with a family history should be tested sooner.
In South Carolina, for example, African-Americans have a higher death rate from colorectal cancer.
- Colorectal cancer affects men and women the same.
- Colorectal cancer starts as small growths called polyps in the lining of the colon.
- Polyps and many early cancers do not cause symptoms.
That's why you need a test to see if you have them.
- A colonoscopy is the best test to find and take out polyps that may lead to cancer.
- The worst part of the test is the preparation.
- Gastroenterologists are the doctors who perform the colonoscopy.
- A healthy lifestyle may reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.
- Colorectal cancer may be preventable with screenings.
is just one of the associates supporting this year's campaign.