March is National Colorectal Cancer awareness month. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of cancer in both men and women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.
Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon and/ or rectum and occurs when a growth in the lining of the colon becomes cancerous.
Colon cancer screening can save your life. Colorectal cancer screening is safe and effective.
For average risk individuals, screening is recommended starting at the age of 50. In higher risk people, earlier screening may be preferable.
Please talk to your health care provider about colorectal cancer screening. Screening can save lives, let’s spread awareness!
Jaya Kumar, MD, is Chief Medical Officer at Medical City McKinney. In her role, Dr. Kumar is responsible for promoting safe, quality care for all patients. She is dedicated to supporting the clinical staff and the administrative team in their commitment to excellence and actively participates in a number of patient-centered initiatives and committees throughout the hospital.