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The Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screening

by Julianne Revilla

 Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum, located at the lower end of the digestive tract. It is the third most commonly diagnosed form of cancer. In 2018, the estimated number of new cases was 140,250.

Getting a screening done can save your life. At CHA, you may be able to get your screening done for up to little to no cost. 

 
There are several types of screenings each with different benefits:
  • Colonoscopy finds and removes polyps before they turn into cancer. Polyps develop in the colon or rectum and can show no symptoms in the early stages of cancer. 
  • FIT and Cologuard tests can be performed in the comfort of your home. Early detection can also give you access to more treatment options.

Regular screening is recommended for both men and women age 45 years and older.

If you are 45 years or older and have not received screening for colorectal cancer, please call CHA at 775-329-6300 to schedule an appointment!

For more information – cancer.gov

 

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