The latest American Cancer Society report shows one in five new colon and rectal cancer cases are in those in their early 50s or younger. Mayo Clinic Doctor Andrew Storm says March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and screenings are recommended for everyone age 45 and over:
“We can all look at our family, friends and loved ones and say, “hey if you’re eligible for screening is something you’ve done?” The reason that is important is that colorectal is one of the few cancers which is preventable for most people by having a screening exam.”
Doctor Storm says a colonoscopy looks at the entire length of the colon and surgeons can remove polyps during the procedure. He says the Cologuard test looks for abnormal DNA in a stool sample.