March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: The Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer, which includes cancers of the colon and rectum, ranks among the most prevalent and deadly forms of cancer worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is the third most common cancer diagnosed globally, with over 1.9 million new cases reported every year. Colorectal cancer claims nearly 900,000 lives annually.

Regular screening is the key to preventing colorectal cancer and finding it early. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) recommends that adults age 45 to 75 be screened for colorectal cancer. The Task Force recommends that adults age 76 to 85 talk to their doctor about screening.

The Task Force recommends several colorectal cancer screening strategies, including stool tests, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy). 

The CDC has helpful information on their website that can be accessed by clicking here.

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/resources/print.htm

Call CJMC to speak to a provider to see which colorectal screening tool is right for you. 

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