March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colon cancer (CRC) is one of the most treatable forms of cancer when it’s found early. Screening is the #1 way to prevent colon cancer because it identifies cancer in its early stages or before it even has the chance to grow or develop.

CRC screening is generally recommended for all average-risk patients aged 50-75.  People with a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps are at increased risk and might need to start screening before age 50.

The American Cancer Society recently released its 2018 guideline which recommends that average-risk adults aged 45 years and older start screening.  African Americans have the highest death rates from CRC when compared with all other racial groups in the United States. The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) recommend CRC screening in African Americans to begin at age 45.

Contact us today to schedule your colon cancer screening.