March is Colorectal Awareness Month. Colon cancer almost never starts as cancer, instead, it starts as a precancerous condition, or a polyp. If detected early, it can be treated.

Family history of colon cancer increases your chances of developing the disease. A diet high in fat, and a sedentary lifestyle contribute as well. Join us every Thursday night at 6p for a story on Colorectal Cancer.

What is it like to have a colonoscopy?

Click here to learn about the Colonoscopy procedure from our partners at Willis-Knighton Health System.

45 is the NEW 50!

The American College of Gastroenterology recommends cancer screening in average risk individuals between ages of 45 and 75.

If you have a family history of colon cancer, talk to your doctor to see if you need to start earlier or have a colonoscopy more frequently.

Colon Cancer Risk Checklist

Do you have:

  • Parent, sibling or child diagnosed with colorectal cancer?
  • Blood in your stool?
  • Change in your bowel habits?
  • Change in the shape and size of your stool?
  • Rectal pain?
  • Abdominal pain?
  • Unexpected weight loss?
  • Unexplained or new anemia?
  • History of smoking?

Keep in mind: The most common symptom of early colon and rectal cancers is no symptom at all! That is why routine screening is so important.