Did you know March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month? In Morris County, from 2011-2015, there were 1,123 new cases of colon and rectum cancer. Most colorectal cancers begin as precancerous polyps in the colon and rectum. These polyps can be present in the colon for years before invasive cancer develops. A colorectal cancer screening can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. The screening tests that detect colorectal cancer include:
- Stool test
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- CT Colonography
Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for men and women beginning at age 50. If you are 50 or older, talk with your doctor about getting screened. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/screenforlife.