March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, killing 53,000 people annually in the US. In 2023, an estimated 153,020 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer..  Unlike most cancers, colorectal cancer is highly preventable with screening.  With early detection, it is highly treatable.  There are more than 1.5 million colorectal cancer survivors in the US today!

According to the National Cancer Institute, colonoscopies can reduce death from colorectal cancer by 60 to 70 percent. While we know that no one is excited about screenings such as colonoscopies, it is the best defense in preventing cancer by removing precancerous polyps or finding cancer early when it is easier to treat. People rarely experience symptoms in the early stages of colon cancer. When the warning signs finally appear, colon cancer is often in the advanced stages and challenging to treat.

“Butt” seriously, talk to your primary care provider today! Simple lifestyle changes could help you reduce the risk of colorectal cancer include eating healthy, not smoking, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting red meat intake. Depending on your age and family history, your healthcare provider can help decide if a home test or colonoscopy is right for you.  If you are over 45 and have never had a colonoscopy, Floyd Valley Surgery is ready to help you get your screening colonoscopy scheduled.