Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.
The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is regular screening starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that is why it is critical to get screened.
To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Westfield Premier Physicians is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Locally, 3,097 new cases of colon cancer are diagnosed, with 1,164 deaths per year.
People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer. Other risks include diabetes and obesity.
Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:
- At WPP we start screening at age 40, earlier if strong family history
- Encourage your family members and friends to get screened by age 50
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
- Look for signs such as rectal bleeding, changes in bowel habits, persistent abdominal pain, and blood in your stools
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