Colon Cancer Facts and Prevention
Excluding skin cancers, colon cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in men and women in the United States. It is caused by polyps that develop in the inner wall of the large intestine. Colon cancer is most effectively treated when diagnosed in the earliest stages of the disease. If you are age 50 or older, you should adhere to the following screening recommendations to prevent the spread of colon cancer:
- Annually—Have a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)
- Annually—Have a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE)
- Every 5 years—Have a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (FS)
- Every 10 years—Have a colonoscopy
Because colon cancer does not typically cause symptoms until it is in a more advanced stage, early detection is important in finding, treating this disease.
Screen for the Unseen
At various times throughout the year, and particularly during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, Centegra Health System’s Get Checked! program offers free FOBT kits to help you detect hidden blood in your stool. For more information about upcoming colon cancer screenings in McHenry, Woodstock, Crystal Lake, and Huntley, call 877-CENTEGRA (236-8347).
To learn more about the advanced colon cancer treatments and leading-edge diagnostic technologies available at Centegra, visit the Centegra Sage Cancer Center page.