Colon Cancer Awareness

Colon Cancer Awareness monthOne of the most important things you can do for your health is to  be screened for colon cancer. Screening involves checking for a disease before you experience any symptoms. Because colorectal cancer may first starts with few, if any, symptoms, it is important be screened according to standard guidelines.

There are many different screening tests for colorectal cancer, from colonoscopy to blood tests. You and your doctor can work together to find what’s best for your situation.

Colon cancer effects men and women in equal proportion and most often, but not always, occurs in people over 50.

It’s important to get screened if you are 45 or over. African Americans are at higher risk for colon cancer. If you have risk factors for colon cancer, get screened even earlier.