American Cancer Society has lowered the recommended screening age for colorectal cancer to age 45

Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal Cancer

 

Colorectal cancer is the number 2 leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It accounts for nearly 10% of all cancer deaths. People with IBD, Crohn's disease and a family history of ovarian, endometrial or breast cancer are at higher risk ofdeveloping this disease. However, colorectal cancer is preventable. If detected at stage one, there is a 90% cure rate.

Colorectal cancer can be prevented through early and regular screening. Screening can help find precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum. When these polyps are detected at an early stage, they can be removed before they become cancerous. Screening is important because, when found early, colorectal cancer is preventable. According to the American Cancer Society, screening for colorectal cancer should begin at age 45.

There are many screening options available. A colonoscopy is considered to be the best screening test available for colorectal cancer. According to some research, a colonoscopy reduces death from colorectal cancer by about 60 to 70%.If you are unable to undergo a colonoscopy, your doctor may recommend the following other tests:

  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Double contrast barium enema
  • Virtual colonoscopy (CT colonoscopy)
  • Fecal occult blood test
  • DNA stool tests

If you show signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer, your doctor may recommend any of the above- mentioned screening tests for diagnostic purposes.

If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, it is important that you get screened. Contact Polymedco CDP, LLC. We are the leading manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) kit. Call 800-431-2123 / 914-739-5400 or email info@polymedco.com.

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