With Age Comes Wisdom: Colon Cancer Awareness Month
The big 5-0. Being told you’re “over the hill” may make you cringe, but getting screened for colon cancer shouldn’t. With the CDC sharing that more than 90% of colorectal cancers occur in people aged 50 and older, getting screened can be one of the best birthday presents you could give yourself.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and over the next three weeks, we will be sharing the information you need to know. In Greensboro, two free awareness events will occur during the month along with weekly blog posts. We are working to raise awareness of colon cancer and make sure that you and your loved ones get to enjoy many years of being “over the hill.”
Fast Facts to Remember
With new statistics and studies about colon cancer released regularly, it can be difficult to find the exact information you need. Here are a few fast facts from the CDC that can help you stay up to date and informed:
- Risk increases with age. More than 90% of colorectal cancers occur in people age 50 and older.
- Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important. If you have symptoms, they may include—
- Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement)
- Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away
- Losing weight and you don’t know why
- These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer. If you have any of them, see your doctor.
- Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing colorectal cancer. If you think you may be at high risk, talk to your doctor about when and how often to get tested.
- There are several screening test options. Talk with your doctor about which is right for you.
- Colonoscopy (every 10 years)
- High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT), stool test, or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) (every year)
- Sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years, with FOBT every three years)
Schedule Your Screening
In partnership with Cone Health, we look forward to seeing you at the two upcoming events during Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Schedule your appointment for a colonoscopy screening today by calling 336-547-1745. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. We look forward to seeing you!