March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Colon cancer is very treatable when caught early, and a colonoscopy remains the best screening tool for colorectal cancers.
Guidelines have changed recently, and men and women aged 45 and over should have a colonoscopy regularly. People with a family history of colorectal cancers or inflammatory bowel disease should be screened sooner.
During a colonoscopy, doctors can find and remove polyps before they become cancerous. If cancer is found, the team at UM St. Joseph Cancer Institute has a full range of treatment options available, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, and non-invasive and robotic surgery.
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