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Colorectal cancer continues to be the second leading cancer killer for both men and women combined in the United States, even though it is 90 percent preventable and 90 percent treatable when detected early.
These figures are of great concern to care providers and staff at Los Alamos Medical Center, because we know that fewer than 50 percent of adults age 50 or older have had one of the readily available colorectal cancer screening tests within the recommended time periods.
That is truly unfortunate because when detected at an early, localized stage, colorectal cancers are nearly 100 percent curable; however, only 39 percent of these cancers are diagnosed at this stage, mostly because of low rates of screening.
Enter the month of March, also known as ‘Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month’, and LAMC’s ColoCARE awareness campaign. Our physicians are telling us that we can save more lives, and we’re going to focus on doing just that – by educating the public about colorectal cancer and the screening tests that are available. We’re taking advantage of this special month to make sure everyone in the communities we serve knows when they should be screened.
Most people do not realize that you can actually prevent colon cancer, in many cases, by simply having a colonoscopy.
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