March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month



Colon Cancer Awareness Month
By Dr. Evans

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most common in people ages 50 and older.

The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened. To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Waimānalo Health Center is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Here in Hawai`i there were 3,587 men and women who were newly diagnosed with colorectal cancer between 2011 and 2015. In 2017, 50% of eligible patients at Waimānalo Health Center completed screening for colorectal cancer.

People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you smoke, are African American, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50.
  • Encourage your family members and friends over age 50 to get screened.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy.