You might have St. Patrick’s Day and Easter marked on your calendars for March, but there is one more note to make: schedule your colonoscopy. It is not exactly everyone’s favorite topic, but March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. It is time to raise awareness on the importance of regular screenings.
What is Colon Cancer Awareness Month?
In February 2000, President Clinton officially dedicated March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. It is a month dedicated to raising awareness and to stress the importance of regular colorectal cancer screening, prevention, and treatment. You can find more information available from the American Cancer Society.
Why Should You Get Screened for Colon Cancer?
More than 90% of colorectal cancers occur in people aged 50+. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring cancer in the U.S. However, it is a preventable and very curable disease if caught early, but risk increases with age. Because there are often no symptoms when it is first developing, colorectal cancer can only be caught early through regular screening i.e. a colonoscopy. Don’t think if nothing is wrong then there is no reason to get screened.
To start, talk with your physician. The frequency of tests is recommended by your physician, but for those over the age of 50 it may be recommended sooner or more often if you have a family history of colorectal cancer.
The benefits of early screening, detection, and treatment are potentially lifesaving. Schedule your screening today!