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Get Your Rear in Gear and Get Screened

Mar 20, 2018, 09:03 AM

Quick question: what’s the third most common cancer? Here’s a hint: this can develop without symptoms and the risk increases as you age. Give up? It’s colorectal cancer; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of all cancer related deaths in the United States.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so now is a great time to talk to your primary care provider and discuss whether or not you should have a colonoscopy. According to the CDC, more than 90 percent of colorectal cancers occur in adults aged 50 and older. Regular screenings can prevent colorectal cancer by allowing doctors to identify and remove cancer causing polyps.

Getting screened is the best option to detect colorectal cancer, so talk to your primary care provider and find out if you need to cover your rear.