One Test That Can Protect You From Colon Cancer
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Now, having a colonoscopy is probably not the most fun thing you could do. But you know what would be even less fun? Having colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn't have to be. Colorectal Cancer is actually one of the most preventable of all cancers.
Screening can detect precancerous polyps so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure. Screening also can find this cancer early, when treatment is most effective. However, about one-third of adults aged 50 or older (about 22 million people)—the age group at greatest risk of developing colorectal cancer—have not been screened as recommended.
If you are 50 years old or older, get screened now. Most people only need the test every 10 years. The CDC is launching a new campaign called Screen for Life. Click here to learn more.