Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly cancer for both men and women.
Yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of these deaths could be prevented if everyone over the age of 50 was screened for colorectal cancer.
The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer. If left undiagnosed or undetected, colorectal cancer can spread throughout the body.
Reducing Your Risk:
When Should You Begin to Get Screened?
You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, and then continue getting screened at regular intervals.
However, you may need to be tested earlier or more often than other people if:
Several tests are available to screen for colorectal cancer. Some are used alone; others are used in combination with each other.
Talk with your doctor about which test or tests are best for you.
During Colorectal Cancer Month, Murray-Calloway County Hospital encourages our community to raise awareness about colorectal cancer by wearing blue on Friday, March 7.
The hospital will join thousands of Americans nationwide in celebrating Dress in Blue Day by asking all employees to wear blue to work and encouraging community members to do the same. The hospital will also recognize Colorectal Cancer Month by providing educational material on display in the cafeteria on Friday, March 7, and offering “blue plate specials” in the cafeteria to create additional awareness.For more information on National Colorectal Cancer Month, contact the MCCH Marketing Department at (270) 762-1381 or our Health Promotions Dept. at (270) 762-1832.
Information provided by Murray-Calloway County Hospital
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