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Colorectal Cancer – Screenings Save Lives

colorectal cancer awareness month

Schedule a Colon Cancer Screening Today

Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer worldwide, although it is highly preventable. With over 2 million cases diagnosed each year, it is important to ensure you and your loved ones are receiving regular screenings for cancers related to the gastroenterological tract. As succinctly put by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, you can save lives with prevention awareness.

This deadly disease and the ways in which it can be prevented through screenings, lifestyle changes, and early detection. At McKenzie Health System, we hope raising awareness for colon cancer and other types of gastroenterological cancers will encourage more people to get screened and seek medical treatment as needed.

To schedule a screening with a medical professional or learn more about our gastroenterology services, contact McKenzie Health System at 810-648-6110 today.

Do I Need a Colon Cancer Screening?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people should start receiving regular colon cancer screenings at 45. The average age of diagnosis in the United States is 67 years old, with approximately 80% of diagnoses occurring after the age of 55. However, if you have certain risk factors or symptoms that may suggest colorectal cancer, your physician may recommend screenings beginning at an earlier age.

Types of cancers that can be detected through colorectal screenings include:

  • Carcinoid tumors
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs)
  • Lymphomas
  • Sarcomas

If you have been experiencing any of the following symptoms, we suggest scheduling a screening with a team member at your earliest convenience:

  • Bloody stools
  • Sudden or significant changes in bowel habits
  • Inability to completely empty bowels
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Severe abdominal pain, aches, or cramps
  • Unexplained weight loss

Early Detection Is Key

Our gastroenterology team at McKenzie Health System advocates the importance of regular screenings for patients in need. They are part of a specialty care unit that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and conditions affecting the colon, rectum, stomach, small intestine, esophagus, pancreas, gallbladder, and liver.

Your medical professional will provide education and resources regarding any health conditions or risks that may be detected and will prescribe the necessary courses of care as needed. Early detection of colorectal cancer could be the difference between a stage 1 or stage 4 diagnosis.

Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the McKenzie Gastroenterology department today. Call 810-648-0568 to get started.