Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Colorectal cancer doesn’t play favorites. It can affect anyone, often without warning. It is America’s second-leading cause of death from cancer.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some ways you can keep watch.
Why is screening so important? If everyone 50 and older was screened regularly, six of every 10 colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented. Colorectal cancer is treatable if it’s found early.
Your screening options begin with a colonoscopy, which uses a small, flexible camera to examine the inside of the large intestine.
“The nice thing is that if we see those precancerous polyps on a colonoscopy, we can remove those polyps and hopefully prevent cancer from forming,” says Dr. Erik Johnson, a colorectal surgeon with Aurora BayCare General & Vascular Surgery.
X-rays and tests for blood in the stool are less invasive ways to look for colorectal cancer, but a colonoscopy is the most effective procedure because it detects precancerous conditions. If a colonoscopy shows nothing, most people needn’t have another for 10 years.
“A colonoscopy is the gold standard for finding cancer,” Johnson says.
To schedule yours, call 877-677-5384 or request an appointment online.
Learn about Erik Johnson MD, FACS