Colorectal cancer is a topic that most people would probably prefer not to have to think or talk about, but that could be a serious mistake. Did you know that your chances of developing colorectal cancer increases considerably at age 50? In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, more than 90 percent of colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in people older than 50. Fortunately, colorectal cancer can be treated when detected early – you just need to be screened.
Other risk factors that may increase a person’s chance of developing colorectal cancer include:
- Having a personal history of colorectal polyps or inflammatory bowel disease.
- Having a personal or family history of colorectal cancer.
- Eating a diet high in fat.
- Being physically inactive.
- Smoking and heavy alcohol use.
- Type 2 diabetes.
People at increased risk for colorectal cancer should talk with their doctor about being screened for the disease before the age of 50.
Most people with early stage colorectal cancer will not experience any symptoms and they may not know they have the disease until it reaches an advanced stage. That is why screening for colorectal cancer is so important. When detected and treated at an early stage, the five-year survival rate for the disease is nearly 75 percent.
In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness month in March, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is offering free EZ-detect take-home colorectal cancer kits* until March 31, or while supplies last. The kit is simple, sanitary, and can be done in the privacy of home. No lab processing or stool handling is necessary, and there are no dietary restrictions before or during the testing period. Call 866-764-3627 for your free kit today.
* $7.99 retail value. This test does not replace a colonoscopy. It serves as a preliminary screening designed to detect warning signs of colorectal cancer.
Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake