National Colon Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated every March. First established President Bill Clinton in 2000, Colon Cancer Awareness Month is a time to focus on colon cancer education and prevention.
It is estimated that one out of 20 Americans will develop colon cancer at some point during their lifetime. Most cases of colon cancer are preventable with regular screenings. Unfortunately, there are millions of men and women between 50 and 75 years of age who are not being screened.
A colonoscopy can detect and prevent colon cancer because it involves a full examination of the colon. If any colon polyps are discovered during a colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist can remove the polyps before they can develop into cancer. Most screening colonoscopies are covered at 100% as a preventative service if you are 50 years of age or older.
Instead of waiting until March to schedule your colonoscopy, why not schedule it in February and beat the rush? Stop Colon Cancer Now has all the resources you need to prepare you for a successful colonoscopy. Staying up-to-date with your colonoscopies means that you likely will not have to repeat the procedure for another decade.
Even if you are not due for a colonoscopy, it is wise to be familiar with the symptoms of colon cancer. Although some people never experience any warning signs, the most common presenting symptoms are rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, cramping, fatigue and iron-deficiency anemia. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call your gastroenterologist.
Colon cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. Get screened early, and spread the word about the importance of colonoscopies to your family and friends. We can eliminate colon cancer one case at a time. Thank you for supporting Colon Cancer Awareness Month!