March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

Colorectal cancer, which is cancer of the colon and rectum, is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States  and the third most common cancer type world wide. 1 million people die each year,  but deaths from colorectal cancer are highly preventable and treatable if the disease is caught early. Estimates are that 40,000 lives a year could be saved if more men and women received timely screening.

Despite the widespread availability of highly effective screening tests, colorectal cancer screening lags far behind screenings for other cancers such as breast (mammography), cervical (pap smear) and prostate (digital exam). Many men and women are unaware that once they turn 45, they should be screened. People with personal or family history of colorectal cancer, polyps, or a personal history of long-term inflammatory bowel disease need to be screened before age 45. Women with a personal or family history of ovarian, endometrial, or breast cancer should also be screened before age 45. These screenings will assist in disease prevention by detecting and removal of pre-cancerous polyps, and detecting cancer at its earliest and most curable stages. Recommendations for testing after the initial colonoscopy screening would depend on the results, and usually would be between 3-10 years.

Health lifestyles have shown to decrease risks of developing colorectal cancer.  Diets low in fat and rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, coupled with regular exercise can significantly reduce the risk of developing many cancers including colorectal cancers. Some studies have shown that diets high in red meat and processed meat actually increase the risk of the disease.

Premier Health  providers are available to assist you with your colorectal health. These experienced and caring providers  include Ying Tang, MD, Gastroenterology, Jason Green, MD General and Colorectal surgery, Kiran Rao, MD, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Michael Lindy, MD, Gastroenterology and Liver Disease. You will find our doctors to be informative, caring and invested in your health. They will assess your health and risk factors, and walk you through the entire screening process.

Take colorectal cancer seriously. Call today to schedule your consultation 973-383-3730