Mar 03, 2017 12:00 AM

Author: Ashlee Bright


March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer will affect one in 21 individuals over the course of their lifetime and is a leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Colonoscopies reduce deaths from colorectal cancer by up to 70%. 

A colonoscopy is a screening that looks for polyps, or growths, inside your rectum and colon that could be cancerous or turn into cancer. It can prevent cancer by removing these growths or catch it early, when it’s easier to treat. At age 50, all adults should be screened unless recommended earlier by a doctor. Colonoscopies reduce deaths from colon cancer by up to 70%. 

There are many myths about colonoscopy, but learning the facts can help prepare you for this important cancer screening. 

View an infographic on colonoscopy myths and facts in English or Español.

Learn more about a HCI's participation in a new National Cancer Institute colorectal cancer education and outreach intiative, Screen to Save

For more information call 1-888-424-2100 toll free, visit www.huntsmancancer.org/clc, or text "askhci" to 66746 


Ashlee Bright

Huntsman Cancer Institute
ashlee.bright@hci.utah.edu

colorectal cancer colonoscopy cancer prevention screening

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