March is Colorectal Month
What Do We Know: 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 people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most common in people age 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.
Colorectal Cancer in Gadsden:
Incidence in Gadsden County:
♥ From 2014-2016, 63 persons were diagnosed with colorectal cancer
Mortality in Gadsden County:
♥ From 2015-2017, 28 persons died from colorectal cancer.
♥ In 2015-2017, the age-adjusted colorectal cancer mortality rate was 22 per 100,000 population in 2015, which was higher than the previous year age-adjusted rate (13.4 per 100,000).
Basic Information About Colorectal Cancer: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/index.htm
Article on Colorectal Cancer Screening: Questions for the doctor: https://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/doctor-visits/talking-with-the-doctor/colorectal-cancer-screening-questions-for-the-doctor