Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March is recognized as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This is a great time to learn more about colorectal cancer and the ways in which it can be prevented and best treated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among both men and women. Each year, approximately 140,000 people develop colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 people die of it.
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons recommends that you do the following things to lower your risk of colorectal cancer:
- Begin regular colorectal cancer screenings after age 45. Approximately 80-90% of colorectal cancer patients can get back to their normal state of health if it is detected and treated as early as possible.
- Eat a diet that is low in fat and high in fiber.
- Drink alcohol in moderation. If you use any tobacco products, consider quitting. Both alcohol and tobacco in combination are linked to colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers.
- Engage in a moderate form of exercise such as walking, gardening, or climbing steps three to four days a week for at least 20 minutes.
Regular screening for colorectal cancer is essential since there are very few symptoms associated with it. Colorectal cancer screening is beneficial for two main reasons: detecting and removing polyps that lead to the cancer, and colorectal cancer can be curable if detected in early stages.
An individual’s risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age. Both men and women aged 45 and older are at a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer and should begin regular screenings to best protect themselves. Individuals who have a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer or polyps, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, or breast cancer should consider being screened earlier as they considered at an increased risk.
Holzer Gastroenterology Services providers include Rob Brandenburg, DO, Mark G. Christopher, MD, Courtney Moore, MSN, NP-C, Melissa Nibert, NP, Gabriela Prieto, PA, and Brian Torski, DO. They see patients at Holzer Athens, Gallipolis and Jackson locations. Our providers manage a variety of digestive conditions including: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and Hepatitis. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.holzer.org or call 1-855-4-HOLZER.