COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States that affects both men and women, and it's preventable.
Dr. Paula Walker from Columbus State University tells us more.
Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and about 50,000 die of the disease. However, colorectal cancer is highly preventable and is one of the most treatable forms of cancer.
The risk to develop the cancer advances with age. Other risk factors include smoking, an inflammatory bowel disease, family history of the disease and genetic symptoms.
A colonoscopy can be performed to screen for the disease. Individuals should start getting colonoscopy screenings starting at the age of 50 and every ten years afterward as long as the first screening is clear. Another test involves sampling stool for blood.
To prevent colorectal cancer, Walker recommends you avoid smoking and alcohol intake. Increase your physical activity and avoid gaining weight around your midsection.
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