March is right around the corner, and is an important month to reflect on a disease that affects almost 150,000 newly diagnosed people in the U.S. each year – colorectal cancer. Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in American men and women.
Colorectal cancer occurs when abnormal cells begin to grow in the colon or in the rectum. While this process can take several years, we know that most colorectal cancers begin as a small pre-cancerous growth known as a polyp. Left untreated, colon cancer can cause dangerous blockages of the intestines and spread to other parts of the body.
While anyone can get colorectal cancer, there are several factors that may affect a person’s likelihood of developing the disease. Some of these factors include family history, aging, diet, lack of exercise and obesity.
Statistics show that the risks for colorectal cancer can be reduced through early detection, and the key to that is timely screenings. With the help of colorectal cancer screening, polyps can be found and removed before they turn into cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends adults be screened starting at age 50. If you have a family or personal history that puts you at higher risk for colorectal cancer, you may need earlier or more frequent screenings.
Call Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital at 800-681-2733 to request a free colorectal cancer home screening kit.* Discuss the results of the screening kit with your physician and find out how you can take steps to reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer. To find a physician near you or to learn more about colorectal cancer, visit www.CyFairHospital.com or call 800-681-2733.
* Supplies are limited. Limit two kits per household.