March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a time to increase awareness about how important routine screenings are. “Colon cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women and it is one of the top three cancer killers,” said Dr. Thomas Dalton, a gastroenterologist with Northeast Digestive Health.
This year, an estimated 100,000 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer and more than 50,000 will die from it. However, you don’t have to be one of those statistics. “Colon cancer is one of two preventable types of cancer with regular screenings,” added Dr. Dalton.
The risk of developing colon cancer during a person’s lifetime is one in twenty people. While the rate of colon cancer in older adults is declining, the rate is increasing in people under 50 years old. The median age for a colon cancer diagnosis in younger people is 44 years old. Early detection is the key to survival. If you have risk factors such as a family history of colon cancer or you are having unexplained symptoms, you should get tested for colon cancer.
To learn more colon cancer or schedule an appointment for a routine screening, please visit Northeast Digestive Health or call 704-783-1840.
To raise awareness about the importance of routine screenings for colon cancer, Northeast Digestive Health will hold “Highway to Health” this Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northeast Digestive Health Center, 1070 Vineyard Drive NE in Concord, NC (rain or shine). This event will be filled with fun activities, including a car show, live entertainment, children’s games, food trucks, vendors and prizes. Admission is free, but there is a $25 fee for individuals who wish to show their cars during the event. Proceeds from Highway to Health will benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance.
Northeast Digestive Health appreciates the support of these generous sponsors who help make “Highway to Health” possible.