March is colorectal awareness month and although it may be a tough conversation to have, it’s even tougher to convince people to get screened. To tell us why it’s so important to get screened is Dr. Susan Kemp, from Christus Health.
WHAT IS COLORECTAL CANCER?
Most colorectal cancers start as a growth on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. These growths are called polyps.
WHY IS EARLY DETECTION SO IMPORTANT?
95- percent of all colon cancers are treatable through screening. Screening is recommended starting at age 50 for people who are not at increased risk of colorectal cancer. From the time the first abnormal cells start to grow into polyps, it usually takes about 10 to 15 years for them to develop into colorectal cancer. With regular screening, most polyps can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer.
For more information on colorectal cancer visit: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/about/what-is-colorectal-cancer.html