The Cancer Nobody Likes To Talk About

The cancer nobody likes to talk about can often be prevented, so we're talking about it..... colorectal cancer. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, and the third most common cancer in men and in women. 

And in many cases, colorectal cancer can be "nipped in the bud," so to speak. 

A colonoscopy can not only look for pre-cancerous polyps, but those polyps can be removed on the spot, preventing them from turning cancerous. As a preventative wellness service, a colonoscopy may be covered without charge to you under your medical insurance plan. while regular screenings are recommended for people age 50 and above, if you have a family history of colorectal cancer or other risks, your physician may recommend it sooner.

Another test, while not as thorough as a colonoscopy, is a simple screening that can be done at home. Gwinnett Medical Center is offering these kits free of charge during March. For yours, call 678-312-5000.


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