Colorectal Cancer: Why Not Enough Hoosiers Are Getting Screened

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"In an uncertain world getting some screening tests and some preventative tests for colon cancers is one of the few things that really does work and I would encourage".

Q: What is colorectal cancer?

"In colon cancer, our advantage is that we can identify polyps which are precancerous, remove them and prevent them from developing a cancer", said Dr. Lange.

INDIANAPOLIS-Nine out of ten people who develop colorectal cancer in IN are age 50 or older.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women, excluding skin cancers.

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Adding onions, garlic in daily meals can reduce colorectal cancer risk.

Another reason that colonoscopies are so important is because the early stages of colon cancer often do not come with symptoms. There are also a number of lifestyle factors that could put you at risk, including smoking and tobacco use, lack of regular physical exercise, obesity, alcohol consumption, and a diet low in fiber and high in fat. While early screening methods such as colonoscopy and drugs for treating colorectal cancer are now available, scientists are studying ways in which food and nutrition may lower the risk of contracting the disease. Over the past 20 years, there has been a 50 percent increase in cancers with a 10 percent increase in mortality in this younger age group. Many major groups, including the American Cancer Society, recommend screening for all people beginning at age 45. There are also different recommendations if you are older than the age of 75.

The good news is that the overall incidence of and death rates associated with colorectal cancers have been on the decline for more than a decade, thanks in large part to effective screening including colonoscopy screenings that can detect the disease in its early stages. "The average non-Jewish American colon cancer rate is about 6 percent as a baseline".

She said the prep and the screenings are covered by Medicare and Medicaid and by most insurances as preventive care.

Hudson Regional Hospital provides different examination and treatment options that can be used for dealing with colon cancer. The president issued the proclamation in 2014-the first colorectal cancer Presidential Proclamation in more than a decade.

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