The calendar has turned to March, and that means it’s officially Colon Cancer Awareness Month. We think it’s essential that we help to spread the word about colon cancer and the importance of regular screenings, so you’ll notice a theme with this blog and the rest of the blogs in the month of March. The American Cancer Society projects that more than 100,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer in 2021, and while that number is staggering, finding out you have colon cancer can actually be a life saving diagnosis.
That’s because colon cancer treated during an earlier stage has a much higher likelihood of success and survival than cancer caught in a much later stage. So while more than 100,000 Americans will get bad news in regards to their colon cancer health this year, if they learned about their diagnosis because they opted to be proactive and try to catch a problem in its infancy, it could make all the difference in becoming cancer-free.
Donate to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance
This month, we’ve teamed up with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance to host a Do-it-Yourself fundraiser that supports efforts to screen, care, and cure colorectal cancer.
Click on this link to donate what you can!
Pledge To Get A Colon Cancer Screening This Month
We cannot stress enough how important early detection is in the management and treatment success of the condition. Although we’ve started to make strides in getting more adults to partake in regular screenings as they hit certain age milestones, we fear that all that progress has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Between facilities cancelling non-essential operations, patients cancelling screenings due to fear of virus exposure, and the long wait times to see a physician, there has been a sizable drop in the amount of people getting their screening exams.
But when should you be getting an exam, and how often should you go in for another screening? Experts differ on whether or not screenings should start at age 45 or 50, but it’s smart to err on the lower side if you have a family history of colon cancer. At a minimum, your first screening should be at age 50. After this screening, assuming all is clear, your physician will explain whether or not they want to see you in five or 10 years. 10 years has been the standard, but more frequent screenings are needed for patients with benign formations or those at an elevated risk for future cancer.
Colorectal cancer is no joke. 1 in 23 men and 1 in 25 women can expect to be diagnosed with colon cancer in their lifetime, and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society projects that more than 50,000 people will die from colon cancer in 2021 alone, but it also believes that more than two-thirds of deaths could be prevented with regular screenings. Learn more about the condition on this informative fact sheet.
Dr. Bhatti and the team at Bhatti GI Consultants are well versed in colon cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention, and we want to help you stay on top of your colon cancer health. Take the pledge to join more than 100,000 Americans who will get their colon cancer screening during March. A simple colonoscopy can provide you with a clean bill of health or help you catch an issue before it becomes impossible to treat. To set up your colonoscopy, or to learn more about the process, check out this dedicated webpage or give our office a call today at (952) 368-3800.