March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is the 3rd most diagnosed cancer and the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States. On average the risk is about 1 in 20, but that varies by several risk factors.
Risk factors include:
Age over 50 - colon cancer is more likely as you get older. More than 90% of people who are diagnosed are over 50 years old. The average age for diagnosis is 72.
Colon Polyps - Growths on the inner wall of the colon or rectum are called polyps. Most are benign, but some can become cancer. Finding and removing polyps can reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Family history - If you have family members with a history of colon cancer, this may increase your risk.
Other risk factors include genetics, diet and lifestyle, tobacco use, and other health conditions.
Colonoscopy Risk Quiz
Colon cancer, when discovered early is highly treatable; which is why screening is so vital. Colon cancer screening saves lives. Screening detects precancerous polyps and allows them to be removed before they turn to cancer. Screening also helps to find cancer at an early stage.
If you are 50..GET SCREENED.
Do I need a colonoscopy?
For more information on how to schedule a screening, contact MMHD. (530)336-5511 Ext. #1179