March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a national acknowledgement to help stop the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The ‘Ask My Why I’m Blue’ campaign spans the month of March to observe and teach the public about colon cancer. March 1st is National Dress in Blue Day and the 8th is National Colon Cancer Screening Day.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 102,480 cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed and is expected to cause 50,830 deaths during 2013.
When to get screened:
1. If you have a family history of colon cancer, you should either have a colonoscopy 10 years before the age that your your family member was diagnosed or at 40 years of age, which ever comes earlier.
2. If you don’t have a family history, most people have their first screening colonoscopy
at age 50.
If it’s time for your colonoscopy, schedule today. Be healthy, be conscious, be preventative. If not for you, do it for those you love.
Call (801) 619-9000 for an appointment.