Colorectal Cancer is Preventable
March is colorectal cancer awareness month, a time to increase awareness about colorectal cancer and the importance of colorectal screenings. Colonoscopies are the best way to identify cancer risks and help prevent colorectal cancer.
People often choose to put off getting screened due to concerns about time, cost, embarrassment or a lack of symptoms. But even without a family history, symptoms or other risk factors, people can still develop colorectal cancer. Are you at risk?
All it takes is one day and one screening to protect yourself from the second deadliest cancer.
Why Get Screened?
In addition to being the second leading cause of cancer-related death, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. However, when caught early through a colonoscopy or other screening, the five-year relative survival rate for colorectal cancer is about 90%. These screenings help detect cancer and some can also help diagnose colitis.
Colonoscopies are different from other screening options since they can help prevent colorectal cancer. Colorectal specialists will remove abnormal polyps during a colonoscopy before they can develop into cancer.
Your Colorectal Screening Options
Sanford Health offers these screenings:
Colonoscopy: A procedure that looks for cancerous or pre-cancerous polyps in the colon using a camera and light on a flexible tube.
Cologuard FIT-DNA: A highly-accurate test that checks for tumor-specific DNA changes.
FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test): A test that helps detect bleeding in the digestive tract, which could be a sign of colorectal cancer.
Learn more about your options below.