Know Your Family History

You could be at risk

You may have your father’s kind eyes, or your mother’s wonderful smile, but if part of your family history includes colorectal cancer, it is imperative that you get screened as early as possible.

What You Need to Know

According to national studies, people of African-American and Latino descent are at higher risk of getting colorectal cancer than other populations.

African-American Community and Colorectal Cancer

  • Third most common cancer among African-Americans
  • Research shows that African-Americans are diagnosed at a younger average age than other people

Latino Community and Colorectal Cancer

  • Second most commonly diagnosed cancer in both Latino men and women
  • Latinos are more likely to have more advanced-stage colorectal cancer or larger tumors when their disease is discovered than non-Hispanic Caucasians

When to Get Screened

Too often, colorectal cancer is not detected early, which could mean fewer options for treatment.

Screening typically begins at age 50, but other factors such as a family history of colon cancer or polyps may lead your doctor to recommend an earlier screening.

Other factors that increase your likelihood may include, but are not limited to:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • A diet high in fat and low in fiber

Early Detection

When colorectal cancer is detected at an early (local) stage, chances of survival and recovery improve. If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms, such as abdominal discomfort, rectal bleeding or a change in the consistency, shape or frequency of bowel movements you should see your doctor. But remember, you can have polyps or colon cancer without having symptoms, so it’s important to get screened, even if you feel healthy.

Learn About Colorectal Cancer

Getting Screened

Two Easy Steps to Getting a Colorectal Cancer Screening

1. Make an appointment with your primary care physician

  • Talk about your family history and any concerns
  • Your doctor will determine if you need a colonoscopy and will refer you to a specialist who will perform your colorectal screening (without a referral you won’t be able to get screened)

2. Meet with the specialist your primary care physician referred – and get screened

  • The procedure only takes about 30 minutes. It’s painless and is done while you sleep

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Prevention and Methods of Care

There are many practices that can help prevent colon and colorectal cancer. In addition to screenings and regular checkups, following a healthy diet that omits certain foods and beverages as well as maintaining a healthy body weight are simple methods to help prevent disease. Talk with your doctor about how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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