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  • Colon Cancer Awareness Month~ Know The Facts

    While Colon Cancer is a focus of our office 365 days a year, March shines light on the importance of screenings, awareness, treatment knowledge & advances and post-operative care for this battle.

    Take a minute to review these trends & statistics. We’ve seen some great declines in rates and increases in screenings, but there is still awareness that needs to be spread. Being proactive is always the key to good health- haven’t been screened? Let this motivate you to make an appointment with Dr. Murphy at Colon Surgeons of Charleston today.

    • Colorectal Cancer is the 3rd most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and women in the United States.
    • This year alone, 95,520 new cases of colon cancer are estimated to be diagnosed as well as 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer.
    • Incidence rates have dropped by 32% for those age 50 and older since 2000
    • Incidence rates increased by 22% for those those under age 50 between 2000 and 2013
    • Numbers show that men will be more affected by rectal cancer than women (23,720 vs. 16,190 new cases, respectively).
    • Rectal tumor incidence rates declined slightly (9%) among men ages 50 to 64. But no decline was seen among women in the same age group.
    • Rectal tumor incidence in people older than 65 dropped by 38% in men and 41% in women.
    • Screening rates increased in people ages 50 and above from 2013 to 2015 and from 65% to 68% in people older than 65.

    The trend in older people could be explained by the increased investment in screening, which detects and lead to the removal of suspicious polyps before cancer develops. According to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS),  If screening rates remained this high, an estimated 39,700 colorectal cancer cases would be prevented through 2030.

    Credit: Colon Cancer News Today
    Published March 7, 2017

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