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Colon cancer is highly preventable and curable with a screening. Fewer Oklahomans are getting checked because of COVID-19. It is safe to get screened.

Colorectal Cancer

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colon Cancer RibbonColon cancer is detectable, preventable and curable.

Yet each year, more than 140,000 new cases are reported in the United States. Many of those cases could have been successfully treated with an earlier diagnosis. INTEGRIS Health is an advocate for the simple, painless screening known as a colonoscopy.

Colon cancer can take many years to develop, so early detection is key. Starting at age 50, you should schedule your first colonoscopy. And if you are of African American decent or have certain hereditary conditions, you may need to start much sooner.

These are the most common symptoms of colorectal cancer:

  • A change in bowel habits such as diarrhea, constipation or narrowing of the stool that lasts for more than a few days
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
  • Cramping or gnawing stomach pain
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the country, claiming more than 50,000 lives each year.

Only about two-thirds of adults in the U.S. are up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening. To schedule yours, go to integrisok.com/colonoscopy.

 

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