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Know the facts: Colon Cancer Awareness Month

 

Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine, the lower part of your digestive system. People with an average risk of colon cancer can consider screening beginning at age 50, every 5-10 years. People with an increased risk, such as those with a family history of colon cancer, should consider screening sooner. Several screening options exist each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Talk to your Primary Care doctor about which tests are appropriate for you.

 

Early detection by screening tests is important because colorectal cancer is often found after symptoms appear. Most people with an early stage of colon cancer have no symptoms of the disease. Symptoms usually appear only with more advanced disease.

 

Lifestyle changes to help reduce your risk

 

Take steps to reduce your risk of colon cancer by making changes in your everyday life.

For more information visit www.uhs.net.