Regular Screenings Save Lives

March 10, 2020

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Preventing colorectal cancer starts with regular screenings from a trusted provider. In fact, this cancer can sometimes appear asymptomatic until it progresses into a more intensive state. Fortunately, there’s several screening options you and your provider can discuss when it’s time to get screened.

What is colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum, sometimes referred to as “colon cancer.” Abnormal growths, called polyps, can form in the colon or rectum and some of those polyps can turn into cancerous growths.

What are the benefits of receiving a colon cancer screening?

Screening tests help find polyps, so your provider can remove them before they turn cancerous. Finding evidence of colorectal cancer at an early stage is key to determining which treatment works best for you.

What are the types of screening tests available?

Several types of screenings exist to test for signs of colon cancer. You and your provider will discuss which test is best for you, but here’s a few of the options:

What early symptoms may I experience with colorectal cancer?

Tell your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:

Where can I find out more information about colorectal cancer services at Culbertson?

Culbertson Memorial Hospital provides convenient diagnostic testing including colonoscopies and a full range of other tests along with genetic screening, chemotherapy, and even counseling support.  

If you or a loved one wants to learn more, contact us here.