Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the colon or rectum, it is called colorectal cancer. Sometimes it is called colon cancer, for short.

Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer in Nebraska. Nebraska has the 15th highest colorectal cancer death rate in the U.S. Also, rates of colorectal cancer have increased in recent decades among people younger than 50.

Due to the increase in cases of people younger than 50 having colorectal cancer, the age to start screening has been changed to 45. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. Screening can find polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment works best.

If you are 45 years old or older, get screened now! Routine screening, beginning at age 45, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer. If you think you may be at increased risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor about when to start screening, which test is right for you, and how often to get tested. Symptoms do not always appear right away but getting screened can catch the problem early.

There are multiple safe, affordable options available for screening, including at-home test kits. Four Corners Health Department (FCHD) will be at the Memorial Health Care Systems (MHCS) Health Fair in Seward April 5th from 5:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. In partnership with MHCS, take home colorectal screening kits will be available at the FCHD booth.

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