March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer among adults, however when caught early it is also one of the most preventable. The biggest preventative measure available to doctors is a colonoscopy. Colonoscopies can detect pre- cancerous growths and remove them during the procedure. Colorectal cancer is often asymptomatic, but patients may experience abdominal pain and changes in stool. Those without a family history of colorectal cancers should start screenings at ago 50.
The GI Center at GBMC is one of the the state leaders in colorectal cancers and other disorders. Learn more here.