GET CHECKED!—March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
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GET CHECKED!—March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Deaths caused by colorectal cancer have been decreasing for the last several years, according to the National Cancer Institute. Why? More and more people are having routine colorectal cancer screenings, which are the best way to find colorectal cancer at an early, more treatable stage. In fact, people who have been diagnosed with cancer at an early stage have an 89.8% survival rate. That’s why it’s important to GET CHECKED during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month—it could save your life!

Specialists from Springfield Clinic’s Colon & Rectal Surgery and Gastroenterology Departments, recommend colorectal cancer screening for all patients beginning at age 50. This age might be younger if there is a family history of colorectal cancer.

With multiple screening options available, patients should consult with their doctor to select the right option for them. An optical colonoscopy is the best test to detect cancerous or precancerous growths, and has the added advantage of allowing the doctor to remove any growths they may see during the exam. Though preparation for a colonoscopy might involve some mild discomfort, the patient will be completely recovered the day after the procedure and have no restrictions.

A routine colonoscopy is the best way to find colorectal cancer or precancerous polyps at a stage where treatment is the most effective and remission is very likely, especially as colorectal cancer often doesn’t cause symptoms in the early stages. Call 217.528.7541 to GET CHECKED today. Visit www.SpringfieldClinic.com/ColonHealth for more information.

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