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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Community Health Systems proudly participates in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. Dr. Manuj Goel, Medical Director, Beloit Area Community Health Center, agrees with the American Cancer Society’s recommendation that colon cancer screening begin at age 50.

The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, six out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.

Dr. Manuj Goel, MD
Dr. Manuj Goel, Medical Director, Beloit Area Community Health Center

Dr. Goel shared that there are many ways to screen for colon cancer including the Guaiac-based fecal occult blood test which is a noninvasive and inexpensive test, but needs to be repeated annually if negative. Other methods of colon cancer detection are Cologuard, sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. He recommends that you speak with your doctor to determine what is the best method of screening for you.

Dr. Goel stressed the importance of a healthy diet and exercise to decrease the risks of colon cancer, “a diet that includes lots of vegetables, fruits and whole grains have been linked to a decreased risk of colorectal cancer.” He continued, “diets with lots of red meats including beef, pork or lamb or processed meats have been linked with an increased risk of colon cancer.”

The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened.

To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Community Health Systems is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by spreading the word about the importance of screening.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50.
  • Encourage your family members and friends over age 50 to get screened.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Get plenty of physical activity and eat a healthy diet.

For more information, call your primary care provider at Community Health Systems at (608) 361-0311