Be Aware of the Dangers of Colorectal Cancer
Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials are urging Kentuckians to be aware of the seriousness of colorectal cancer, and are encouraging Kentuckians to talk to their health care providers about screening for the disease.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the time of year when public health officials, health care providers and educators work to raise awareness about the disease.
In Kentucky, the incidence rate of invasive colorectal cancer is 62.1 per 100,000 people, significantly higher than the national rate of 52.9 per 100,000. Screenings and early detection are crucial in treating this disease.
Both men and women are at risk of developing colorectal cancer. Screenings are encouraged because they can detect problems, such as polyps, which can develop into cancer, but can be easily removed when detected early.
"Colorectal cancer is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer-related death in the United States, but it doesn't have to be," said Health and Family Services' Acting Undersecretary for Health and DPH Commissioner William D. Hacker, M.D.