March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It is important because it provides opportunities for you to educate yourself and others about this disease, screening methods, and preventative measures. Regular colon cancer screenings are encouraged because six out of 10 deaths can be prevented, if all people 50 and older were tested, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia offers comprehensive colon cancer screenings. A colonoscopy is the gold standard screening tool for colon cancer and is able to diagnose and treat pre-cancerous lesions known as polyps. Still, it’s important to get the word out because many people are unaware of the risk and the testing options available. Here is an overview, details on how you can get involved, and insights on lowering your risk of developing this fatal disease.