March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

ELKINS — March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time to bring greater awareness to the country’s third most common cancer.

Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

“Screening tests, like colonoscopy, can help find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best,” said Abby Haddix, director of professional services for Davis Medical Center.

“During March those who schedule their preventive screening will receive a ‘Healthy Colon Club’ gift bag filled with items to help prepare for their screening,” Haddix said.

People over age 50 are at the greatest risk of colorectal cancer but there are steps people of all ages can take to help prevent the disease like:

∫ Getting screened starting at age 50.

∫ Quitting smoking.

∫ Being active and eating healthy.

For more information about colorectal screening or to schedule an appointment, anyone interested can call Davis Medical Center at 304-637-9302 or visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.

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