March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Dr. Son Nguyen, Gastroenterologist


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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Dr. Son Nguyen, Gastroenterologist - Friday, March 6, 2020

Dr. Son Nguyen, Gastroenterologist, reminds the public about colon cancer and the value of getting screened.
  • 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer
  • 1 in 20 people will be diagnosed in their lifetimes
  • 1 in 3 people are not up-to-date with screening 
  • People with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling or child) with colon cancer are between two to three times more likely to develop the cancer than those without a family history.
  • 25% of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer have a family history. 
  • Colon cancer may have no signs or symptoms.
  • Data suggests that the incidence of colorectal cancer for those under 50 is on the rise and more young people are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
  • 10-11% of colon cancers and 18% of rectal cancers are diagnosed in individuals under the age of 50
  • Teche area has some of the highest rate of colon cancer in Louisiana

Resources: American Cancer Society:

https://cancerstatisticscenter.cancer.org/#/cancer-site/Colorectum National Cancer Institute: http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/colorect.html Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/sfl/index.htm



 

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