National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  This year, over 142,500 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and nearly 51,400 will die of the disease. From the website here are some screening recommendations:

Early Detection
If you are at average risk for colorectal cancer, start having regular screening at age 50.  If you are at greater risk, you may need to begin regular screening at an earlier age. The best time to get screened is before any symptoms appear. Use this guide to help you discuss screening options with your health care professional. Consider one of the following:

Screening intervals for tests that find pre-cancer and cancer:

  • Colonoscopy: Every 10 years
  • Virtual colonoscopy: Every 5 years
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy: Every 5 years
  • Double-contrast barium enema: Every 5 years

Screening intervals for tests that mainly find cancer:

  • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT): Every year
  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT): Every year
  • Stool DNA test (sDNA):

Here is a video that explains a colonoscopy:

Last year I hit the magic age of 50 years old and had my colonoscopy.  It’s one of the screenings you should speak with your physician about.

About Fred Goldstein

President and Founder of Accountable Health, LLC. My background includes over 25 years of health care experience in hospital administration, health plan management, disease management and population health.
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