March is Colorectal Awareness Month and I would like to invite anyone over the age of 50 who has not had their first screening colonoscopy to come in and get screened.
If Colorectal Awareness Month isn’t motivation enough to get you through our door, let me convince you by sharing a few facts and by debunking some of the myths surrounding colorectal cancer, colonoscopy, and the preparation:
- Fact: In 2013, American Cancer Society reports that colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer-related cause of death in the United States.
Fact: Approximately 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year. 55,000 will
die from colorectal cancer.
Myth: Colorectal Cancer is more common in men.
(Fact: Colorectal cancer is diagnosed in as many women as men.)
Myth: No signs or symptoms mean I do not need to be screened.
(Fact: Even if you are asymptomatic you should get screened. When a colorectal cancer is found and treated in its early stages, the 5 year survival rate is approximately 90%.)
Colonoscopy is still recognized as the best, and most accurate test used to diagnose colorectal cancer...