March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It is an important opportunity for healthcare providers to educate their community on this family of diseases.
Barbara Klein got her first colonoscopy at age 60. That is later than most healthcare providers would suggest people start getting colonoscopies, which is age 45. Your healthcare provider may suggesting getting screened earlier if you have family history of colon cancer. If a patient is reluctant to do the colonoscopy, their provider might recommend a stool DNA test.
Early detection is key when it comes to colorectal cancer. Barbara Klein was referred for her colonoscopy after a positive Cologuard test. She had several polyps come back positive for cancer. She was then referred to a colorectal surgeon.
Mrs. Klein had a very successful surgery. Her doctors at Riverside recommended that she return for a repeat colonoscopy in a year, so they could catch any new lesions early! Early detection is really important when it comes to any form of colorectal cancer.
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Colon cancer can present in many ways, and can even have no symptoms! It is imperative to screen for it starting at age 45, or earlier if you have any risk factors.
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