Prevention and Screening for Colon Cancer

Presented by University Hospitals St. John Medical Center. This year the American Cancer Society lowered the age for regular colon cancer screenings to age forty-five. What is colon cancer, and what are polyps? What are the signs and symptoms of colon cancer? Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but, unlike most forms of cancer, colon cancer is entirely preventable. With early detection, this cancer has a ninety percent survival rate. Thanks to improvements in prevention, early detection and treatment, more than a million people in the US count themselves as survivors of colon or rectum cancer. As we head into Colon Cancer Awareness Month this March, find the answers to your questions and join us for this health talk to find out what you can do to decrease your risk of getting colon cancer.