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Colorectal Cancer

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is a disease that starts in the lower portion of the digestive system. In 2021, about 149,000 people in the United States will get colorectal cancer, and each year, more than 50,000 people die of it.

Colorectal cancer usually starts from precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum. A polyp is a growth that should not be there. Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer. Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer do not always cause symptoms, especially at first. Symptoms may include blood in or on the stool, abdominal pain that does not go away, or unexplained weight loss.

The CDC estimates that 68% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided if all eligible people got screened. We live in a world of advanced medical technology; however, the best technology cannot find anomalies if individuals are not getting screened regularly.

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Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

Most cancers can be treated if detected early!
This is why getting screened regularly is so important.

In the case of colorectal cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that men and women over the age of 50 be screened for this cancer. The frequency of the screening depends on the test used. Everyone has heard of the dreaded colonoscopy, but there are other simple tests that can be done at home as well. We need to help our patients understand their risk factors and schedule regular screenings as part of their care when clinically indicated.

Although screening is recommended for men and women over the age of 50, recent statistics have shown that the occurrence of colorectal cancer in people under the age of 50 is on the rise.
Start by scheduling an appointment today with a primary care provider to discuss risk factors and which tests are best for you.

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Phoenix, AZ 85017
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Glendale, AZ 85302
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Phoenix, AZ 85008
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Mesa, AZ 85204
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