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 screening. 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.
A colonoscopy is a common procedure done to help detect colon cancer and other abnormalities in the large intestine. According to the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC), nearly 15 million colonoscopies were performed in the U.S. in 2012.1
The procedure is recommended for people over age 50, but it may be done in younger patients if they have a personal or family history of disease.2
This test is also done to evaluate a range of lower gastrointestinal symptoms, such as anemia, pain, bleeding, or a change in bowel habits, or for general cancer screening.