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Mar 10, 2017, 11:17 AM

Colorectal Cancer Awareness RibbonDid you know…

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer related death among women and the second leading cause for men.

However, over the years, the death rate from colorectal cancer has been dropping. Although improved treatments are partially responsible for this decrease, a large part of the drop comes from an increase in screening and early intervention.

Colorectal cancer develops from precancerous polyps that are found in the rectum or colon. Screening tests are able to detect these polyps and remove them before they become cancerous. Screenings are also able to find cancer in its early stages when treatment can be most effective. Regular screenings are essential to preventing colorectal cancer.

The U.S. Preventative Service Task Force recommends that all adults age 50 to 75 receive regular screenings for colorectal cancer, and that adults age 76 to 85 ask their physicians if they should continue to be screened. In addition, it is recommended that you should be tested earlier if:

  • You or a family member have had colorectal polyps in the past;
  • You have an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis;
  • You have a genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer.

Grinnell Regional Public Health have a number of free screening kits available for patients. We encourage you to contact your primary care physician about the best course of action for early detection and prevention. We are able to provide the full continuum of care, from screenings to early intervention to treatment. For more information, please contact your primary physician or Grinnell Regional Public Health office at 641-236-2585.