March is Colorectal Cancer Month

Did you know that colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers, yet it is also a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US? It's time to change that! Early detection through regular screening is the key to preventing this deadly disease.

Colorectal cancer is a sneaky cancer that can develop in the colon or rectum without any symptoms. Usually, it starts as a non-cancerous growth called a polyp, which can turn into cancer over time. This type of cancer is most commonly found in people over 50, but it can also occur in younger adults.

Don't wait until it's too late! Screening is crucial because it can detect colorectal cancer before any symptoms appear. And the earlier we catch it, the better the chances of a full recovery. Lucky for us, there are several screening options available, with the most common one being a colonoscopy. The process is simple: a doctor uses a camera-equipped tube to examine the colon and rectum for any signs of cancer or polyps. No pain, all gain!

It is recommended that people begin regular colorectal cancer screening at age 50 or earlier if they have a family history of the disease or other risk factors. After the initial screening, your doctor will recommend a schedule for future screenings based on your individual risk factors.

In addition to regular screening, there are other steps you can take to lower your risk of colorectal cancer. By maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, limiting alcohol consumption, not smoking, and keeping a healthy weight, you're already taking a huge step towards better colorectal health.

At Astera Cancer Care, we understand the importance of early detection and offer comprehensive screening and treatment options for colorectal cancer. By scheduling your screening today, you're taking the first step towards better colorectal health. Don't wait, take charge of your health today!

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