LOW MOOR, VA - March 9, 2017 – Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.

The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There  are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer, and colorectal cancer can be prevented almost 9 out of 10 times through early detection - that’s why it’s so important to get screened. However, one in three adults over the age of 50, is not having a colonoscopy for screening that could save their life.

To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, LewisGale Hospital Alleghany is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. More than 137,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year, and 35 percent of Virginians are affected by colorectal cancer annually.

Although individuals over the age of 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer, others can also be at high risk. People who smoke, African Americans, or those with a family history of colorectal cancer should work with their doctor to develop an individualized colorectal cancer plan for early screening.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50.
  • Encourage your family members and friends over age 50 to get screened.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

For more information, visit http://lewisgale.com/service/colonoscopy.