The month of March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – a time to raise awareness and educate people on the importance of getting screened.
Dr. Tuyyab Hassan is from Holyoke Medical Center Gastroenterology and he is here to shed some light on the subject.
Holyoke Medical Center Gastroenterology
11 Hospital DriveHolyoke
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the US (breast, prostate and lung are ahead), and a leading cause of cancer death. It affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people 50 years or older.
However despite general decrease in colorectal cancer in those over 50 (thought to be due to screening interventions) incidence in those younger than 50 is on the rise with 10% of colorectal cancers now in this group, and some experts recommend screening should actually be starting from the age of 45. This disease takes the lives of more than 50,000 people every year. According to the CDC (center for disease control) only one in three adults who are eligible are getting screened.