Over a decade ago, President Clinton issued the first Presidential Proclamation recognizing March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Each year our physicians and staff make our patients and the local Lehigh Valley public aware that now is the perfect time to reduce their risk.
Are you at risk for Colorectal Cancer?
Cancer of the colon or rectum is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. for men and women. More than 90 percent of cases occur in people over age 50. Studies show that increasing physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight may decrease your risk for colorectal cancer, and researchers are investigating the role of diet and supplements.
Colorectal Cancer is easy to diagnose:
All medical experts agree that the most effective way to reduce your risk is to have regular screening tests beginning at age 50. Screening tests include:
- Colonoscopy (every 10 years)
- Fecal Occult Blood Test (annually)
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years).
If a close relative has had polyps or colorectal cancer, you may need to be tested at an earlier age than 50 and/or more frequently.
Contact our office and schedule your appointment with one of our doctors today.