Recognizing National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 20, 2024
The month of March has been dedicated to National Awareness of Colorectal Cancer. According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the United States, with 1 in 24 people being diagnosed in their lifetime.

Common signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer are ongoing changes in bowel habits, stools that are narrower than usual, blood in the stool, rectal bleeding, frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness or cramping, unknown weight loss, weakness and fatigue.

Risk factors for colorectal cancer include age, history of polyps or cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, family history and genetics, fatty diet and obesity. (Fight Colorectal Cancer) More facts and stats regarding colorectal cancer can be found here.

Colorectal cancer is also one of the few cancers that is highly preventable by appropriate screening. Screening can identify specific signs of colon and rectal cancer along with diagnosing the cancer early, leading to most effective treatment.

The United States Preventive Services Task force (USPSTF) is currently recommending screening for anyone starting at age 45. If you are at higher risk, the recommendation is to start screening earlier.

Wondering if it is time to get screened? Take the Colorectal Cancer Screening Quiz here.