March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is third most common type of cancer in men and women, according to the National Cancer Institute. With advancements in prevention, including increased screening, more than one million people in the U.S. are now surviving this deadly form of cancer.
Colorectal cancer begins in the colon or the rectum as a growth or polyp on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. The American Medical Association recommends that everyone, age 50 or over get a colonoscopy to evaluate the colon and rectum for precancerous polyps that may indicate cancer.
“What is amazing is that colorectal cancer is preventable,” said Quyen Nguyen, MD, gastroenterologist at Medical City Arlington. “Studies are supporting this in that the incidence of colorectal cancer is decreasing, likely in large part due to our movement to ensure that age-appropriate colorectal cancer screening is being done. It’s such a small inconvenience to prevent such a devastating disease.”