97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses what colorectal cancer is and the importance of regular screenings.
What is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer occurs in the colon or rectum. The colon is part of the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.
Screening is the number one way you can reduce your risk of colon cancer and rectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable and if found early, is the most treatable forms of cancer.
Screening is easy! From colonoscopy to at-home stool tests, there’s an option for everyone.
Who should be screened?
- All men and women should be screened for colon cancer beginning at age 50, if not earlier.
- Individuals with personal or family history of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease are considered a higher risk.
- If you are exhibiting signs and symptoms, regardless of age or family history, you should be screened.
Y-Country Medical Minute
Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y-Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.