Newswise — A routine screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45 can save lives! In cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer—but most cases can be prevented with routine screening tests.
Colorectal cancer usually starts from precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum. Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer.
Screening tests aid in finding precancerous polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.
Our cancer expert, Dr. Jennifer Molokwu, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Vice Chair for Research and Director for Cancer Prevention and Control at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso is available to speak on:
- why it is so important to get screened and detect possible polyps
- at what age people should get screened
- who colon cancer affects and prevention tips