According to the American Cancer Society, “Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. When colorectal cancer is found at an early stage before it has spread, the 5-year relative survival rate is about 90%. Unfortunately, about 40% are found at this stage—when cancer has spread outside the colon or rectum, survival rates are lower.”
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. If you are over the age of 50 or have a family history of colorectal cancer, it’s important to be screened.
The gold standard screening option is a colonoscopy. This non-invasive procedure utilizes a video camera to view your large intestines. If no abnormalities are shown, this screening is done every 10 years.
Talk to your doctor about your screening options or call 563-557-9111 to schedule your colonoscopy.