March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and there’s no better time to get screened. With only one in three adults ages 50 to 75 getting screened for colorectal cancer, we want you to stay on top of your health! Your colon and rectum are important parts of your digestive system, as they help absorb water and nutrients from the foods you put in your body.
Early colorectal cancer may not show any initial symptoms, but finding and removing precancerous cells can stop colorectal cancer in its tracks before it starts. The two most common ways to get screened for colorectal cancer are through a FIT kit (stool test) or a colonoscopy:
- FIT kit (stool test): An annual test that can easily be done at home to test your stool for blood. You can either drop off the test at AltaMed or mail it to the lab for free. This test is simple and requires no preparation such as drinking fluids or taking medication. Ask your provider for an at-home test today!
- Colonoscopy: An exam that looks at your colon and rectum with a small camera to check for early signs of cancer. This must be done at a hospital or specialist’s office and should be done every 10 years, starting at the age of 50.
Why is it important to get proactive about your health?
- Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.
- 90 percent of new cases of colorectal cancer occur in adults age 50 or older.
- It’s estimated that 1 in 20 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime.
- Screening tests can often help identify colorectal cancer at an early and curable stage. When found early (stage I), 92 percent of people with colorectal cancer survive with the right treatment.
- Screening tests are often covered by insurance. No insurance? You may be able to get screened at a low cost.
Put your health first and call us at (888) 499-9303 to schedule an appointment with your provider today! If you’ve recently had an exam, schedule some time with us to discuss your results and individual risk factors.