Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Along with Texas Independence Day on March 2 (Happy 176th, Texas!), March brings us National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The name and location of this cancer triggers embarrassment and squeamishness for many. However, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is a serious disease. It’s the third deadliest cancer for men and women in Texas. More than 3,000 Texans die each year from colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer threatens the life of one in 20 Americans. Victims include men and women of all races both young and old, though seniors have a higher risk for the disease. Doctors urge everyone over the age of 50 to get screened for colorectal cancer. Screening is the best way to detect a cancer in its earliest stage, when it can be most effectively treated. However, the sad truth is little more than half of Texans over the age of 50 are tested. The new federal health law now helps cover the cost of the many colorectal screenings through private insurance plans and Medicare.

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1 comment :

Theresa Zelazny said...

My mother was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 58. She had been having intestinal problems for a number of years yet her doctor had never even performed a rectal exam - plus she refused to get a second opinion. By the time they found the tumor it was too late. I began having colonoscopies at the age of 40 and will continue to have them every 5 years for the remainder of my life. It is a cancer that is easily treated IF found early. No one should have to suffer like my mother: numerous surgeries, chemo, radiation, hip replacement and a long slow painful death. Please see your doctor and schedule a colonoscopy!!!

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