March is Recognized as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, So Get Your Butt In Here!
The doctors in the Colon & Rectal Surgery and Gastroenterology departments at Springfield Clinic want to remind patients about the importance of life-saving screening.
Colorectal cancer occurs when malignant cells are found in the colon or rectum. Because colon cancer and rectal cancers have many features in common, they are sometimes referred to together as colorectal cancer. Cancerous tumors found in the colon or rectum also may spread to other parts of the body.
Risk factors for colorectal cancer may include:
Screening tests, like colonoscopies, can also lower the death rate from colorectal cancer by detecting the disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.
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