More than 1.2 million people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer worldwide every year. Cancers of the colon and rectum are the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the US and the second leading cause of cancer death in the US when men and women are combined. Yet, 1 in 3 adults aged 50-75 is NOT up-to-date with recommended screening. Doctors recommend you get a colonoscopy at age 50. If you have a family history of colon cancer the screening process should start 10 years prior to when your relative was diagnosed or at age 40. 1 in 41 black males will die from colorectal cancer this year. Having a colonoscopy and addressing the symptoms of an abnormal bowel can save your life.
Don’t ignore the symptoms. If you are experiencing A change in your bowel habits, Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool, Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain, a feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely, Weakness or fatigue or unexplained weight loss, please notify your doctor.
If you are 50 or older, please get a colonoscopy. Thousands of US colon and rectal cancer cases and deaths each year could be prevented if everyone age 50 and older got regular screening or age 40 (whichever comes first).
If you have a family history of colon cancer the screening process should start 10 years prior to when your relative was diagnosed
Maintain an active lifestyle and balanced diet to promote a healthy colon.
Emin Donat M. D. Section Head, Gastroenterology, Beaumont Health Systems
Dr. Philip Stella, Medical Director of Oncology St. Joseph Mercy Health System
Karen Myers, Two-Time Colon Cancer Survivor
Michelle Crowder, ND, Naturopathic Doctor, Integrative Medicine, Beaumont Health