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Colorectal Cancer Awareness & Prevention

Every March, the Colon & Rectal Clinic of Colorado observes Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, spreading mindfulness, promoting regular screenings, and educating about the risks of colorectal cancer. While we officially observe in March, our mission is to spread awareness of the topic year round, helping patients take action towards prevention.

In an effort to spread awareness of the topic, please find a summary of colorectal cancer information below, including facts, symptoms, risk factors, recent trends, prevention tips, and how to schedule your screening today. If you have any additional questions or concerns, or if you wish to speak to one of our colorectal doctors, please call our office at (303) 839-5669.

 

For persons wishing a pre-procedure discussion with our doctors (to discuss your specific history or answer any questions about the procedure), we offer the convenience of a HIPPA-compliant, remote access, "virtual encounter".  This "skype-like" interaction saves you the cost of travel and time away from work and family, Call our office for details.

 
Colorectal Cancer Facts
 
  • Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, and the second leading cause of death from cancer.

  • Most often found in people over the age of 50, colorectal cancer affects men and

       women of all ethnic groups. However, younger demographics, millennials

       especially, have seen a dramatic rise in diagnoses over the past four years.

  • Most colon cancers first develop as polyps, abnormal growths in the colon or

       rectum that can become cancerous if not removed or treated.

 

Symptoms
 

Colorectal cancers or polyps do not always cause symptoms, especially at early

stages. Symptoms that may be associated with colon cancer include but are not

limited to:

  • Blood in stool

  • Persistent and unexplained stomach abdominal pain, aches, or cramps,

    • especially in the same location

  • Sudden unintended weight loss

 

If you have any of the following symptoms, talk to your doctor about the potential

benefits of colonoscopy.

 

Risk Factors
 

All of the following have been linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer

  • Age (90% of colorectal cancers occur in patients over the age of 50)

  • Family history

  • Personal health (patients with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcertative Colitis are at higher risk)

  • Smoking

  • Obesity

  • Physical inactivity

  • Diet (high consumption of red or processed meat and alcohol, low consumption of fruits and vegetables)

 

Prevention Tips
 

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How to Schedule Your Screening
 

 

To schedule your screening in Denver, Aurora, Lafayette, or any surrounding locations, call our office at (303) 839-5669, or fill out our Contact Form and we will reach out to you.

Our own Dr. Strutt answering patient questions during 9News' Buddy Check9 for Colorectal Cancer Awareness.