March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal cancer is highly preventable, detectable, and treatable. Many people with pre-cancerous conditions or early colon or rectal cancer don’t know it. Screening tests can find pre-cancerous polyps which can be removed. This prevents cancer from developing. If the test finds early colon or rectal cancer, treatment has a high success rate.
Men and women, aged 45 and older, should be screened for colorectal cancer. Those with a family history of the disease may need to start screening earlier.
There are several screening options available, including simple take-home tests. Your Crusader healthcare provider can advise you which test is right for you based on needs and risks.
The most commonly used screening tests are: Fecal Occult Blood Testing (FOBT) or Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) which should be performed every year and colonoscopy which should be performed every 10 years. Newer Stool DNA and CT Colonography are also recommended options. Most insurance plans cover the tests.
To learn more visit the American Cancer Society website: