Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in America. It’s something many people don’t typically think about until their 50th birthday—when doctors recommend patients get their first colonoscopy. However, a study led by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and published by Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicates the importance of taking action much earlier in life.
Colorectal cancer rates are on the rise
According to the ACS study, rates of colon and rectal cancer are rising in young and middle-aged adults under the age of 50. This is why it’s vital to understand the risk factors for colorectal cancer and to make a prevention plan as early as possible.
Early screening is the #1 form of prevention
Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. The most common screening test for colorectal cancer is a colonoscopy. The purpose of this screening is to find polyps so that they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.
Get a screening kit and hear from the experts
Join us at one of our free colorectal cancer awareness events, hosted by Bayonne Medical Center on March 13 and Christ Hospital in Jersey City on March 20. The events include panel discussions with physicians, nutritionists, and medical staff, as well as Q&A sessions and screening kits. Light refreshments will be served.