Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colon cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. In 2018, more than 2,100 people are expected to be diagnosed with colon cancer in Alabama.

The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Cullman Regional is proudly participating in Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

“There are often no signs or symptoms of colon cancer, which is why it’s so important to get screened,” said Tommi Garmon, Cullman Regional Endoscopy Director. “Screenings save lives. Colon cancer is very treatable with early detection.”

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

Connect with a Cullman Regional surgeon today to schedule your colonoscopy. Need a surgeon?  Call 256-735-5600 or visit online at www.cullmanregional.com.