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Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society (ACS) is now advising that everyone should undergo their first colon cancer screening at age 45, instead of the previously determined age 50.
If everyone over the age of 45 were regularly screened, it might be possible to reduce deaths associated with colorectal cancer by as much as 60 percent.
Many women believe that colorectal cancer is a disease that affects more men than women, so they might not be aware of or believe they need to follow current screening recommendations. National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month wants to spread the word that colorectal cancer affects men and women equally and that screening saves lives. Joel Retsky, MD, Gastroenterologist, shares some important information about colorectal cancer everyone should know, men and women:
If you’re 45 or over and have never been screened for colorectal cancer, schedule your first appointment.