Cancers of the colon and rectum are collectively referred to as colorectal cancer, the third most common type of cancer globally. The World Health Organization’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, observed annually in March, spotlights the critical importance of early screening and adopting healthy lifestyle habits to decrease your risk of contracting the disease.
Who is at risk?
Both men and women are at risk, particularly if you are over the age of 50 and have a family history of colorectal cancer. Likewise, you are also at risk if you are overweight, have poor nutrition, are physically inactive, consume alcohol, and smoke. Colorectal cancer (CRC) can also occur in otherwise healthy people with no known risk factors, often as a ‘silent’ disease with no obvious symptoms at first.
Getting screened (age and risk factors)
Recommended screening age varies slightly from country to country. Most physicians recommend that you start regular screening at age 45 (if your risk is moderate). If you have a family history of CRC you may benefit from earlier screenings.
Types of CRC screenings can range from home stool testing kits, colonoscopy, or a combination of both from your physician or local government. Talk to your physician about which CRC screening is best for you based on your age, risk for CRC, and personal health history.
CRC is treatable, particularly if caught in the early stages, all the more reason to get in touch your physician about the best screening options available to you. We urge you to get screened for CRC. It really is your best chance for early detection.
Risk factors you can change:
Follow a balanced diet
Maintain a healthy weight
Limit alcohol consumption
If already diagnosed with CRC (or any medical condition)
Reach out to MediGuide, our medical second opinion (MSO) providers, as soon as possible. MediGuide partners with the world’s leading medical centers, known for breakthrough research and discoveries, clinical trials, technical advancements, and the quality of their treatment outcomes.
MediGuide has assisted with many colorectal cancer cases. Medical records are reviewed, pathologies are retested, and imaging is reread to ensure your diagnosis is accurate, and all treatment options are considered to ensure the best possible health outcome.
The service is FREE as part of your insurance plan. All it takes is a phone call to get started and one of MediGuide’s case nurses will guide you through the MSO process.