March WAS Colorectal Awareness Month

March WAS Colorectal Awareness Month

So March WAS Colorectal Awareness Month… and now it’s May… so obviously I’m a bit behind (no pun intended).

 

Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)…

Colorectal cancer or colon cancer (CRC) is the one of the most common, most deadly and most preventable cancers. This cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests like colonoscopies can stop colon cancer before it even starts, or it can find the cancer in it’s early stages which increases the chances of successful treatment.

 

So When Should We Begin to Get Screened?

Begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, then continue getting screened at regular intervals, usually every 5 years. However, you may need to be tested earlier than 50 or more often than other people if—

 

  • You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
  • You have inflammatory bowel disease.
  • You have genetic syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer.

 

But to be honest with you, the thought of getting a colonoscopy scares the crap out of me. (Again no pun intended). Here’s a video on YouTube that definitely takes the “scare” out of a getting a colonoscopy by Ms. Butt Meddler… it will help you laugh through this very important, yet seemingly uncomfortable & embarrassing test, that absolutely saves lives. So get over it & schedule that colonoscopy!

(Sources: Centers for Disease Control; YouTube; American Cancer Society)



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