HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Hattiesburg Clinic
March is national Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Hattiesburg Clinic Gastroenterology would like to take this opportunity to remind you that regular screenings are one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer.
In a 20-year study completed in 2012, colonoscopy screenings were proven to reduce the death rate from colorectal cancer by 53 percent.
Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. Because many patients with early colorectal cancer have no symptoms, it is important that patients have recommended screening tests.
The American Cancer Society recommends screenings every 10 years for anyone over the age of 50. However, if the patient has additional risk factors or a family history of colorectal cancer, he/she should begin screening at a younger age and be screened more frequently.