Even Amid a Pandemic, it’s Still Important to Discuss When to Have a Colorectal Cancer Screening

Our team at Cucamonga Valley Medical Group concurs with the American Cancer Society in urging people to talk to their physician about getting back to screening for colorectal cancer.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, cancer screening remains a public health priority. During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it’s even more timely to talk about the importance of these screenings.

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States when men and women are combined. It impacts all racial and ethnic groups.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Colorectal cancer screenings save lives. Research shows that early detection and removal of precancerous growths known as polyps saves lives. Your regularly-scheduled screenings help find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most effective.

About nine of every 10 people whose colorectal cancers are found early and treated appropriately are still alive five years later.

If you are 45 years old or older, it’s time to discuss your screening, especially if you are at higher risk for colorectal cancer. Understandably, the COVID-19 pandemic certainly presents challenges, which makes it even more important to talk to your doctor about the best path forward.

To read more on this topic, visit http://pressroom.cancer.org/2021-02-25-Dont-Let-the-COVID-19-Pandemic-Stall-Your-Colorectal-Cancer-Screening