March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Dr. Kyle Barnett with Granite Peaks Gastroenterology and Ron Fuller a colorectal cancer screening advocate talk more about the significance of raising awareness of the disease.
Raising awareness is also an opportunity to drawing attention to potentially lifesaving actions people can take.
When men and women are combined, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths.
Colorectal cancer is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented.
Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether. Screening can also result in finding cancer early, when it is easier to treat and more likely to be curable.
Experts say this year in Utah, an estimated 780 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and an estimated 280 people will die from the disease.
You can find more information about colorectal cancer at cancer.org.