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National Cancer Survivor Day is Sunday, June 4th, and it’s important to all of us at MNGI Digestive Health to stop and celebrate those who have fought tirelessly to overcome a life altering diagnosis.

In celebrating the strength of these survivors and their families, we also aim to instill hope in those that want to know how they can be proactive in preventing a potentially terminal disease like colorectal cancer.

The American Cancer Society states that although Colorectal Cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, the death rate has been dropping steadily over the past few decades. If colorectal cancer is found at an early stage before spreading, the 5-year survival rate is an impressive 90%. Unfortunately, only 4 out of every 10 colorectal cancers are found at this early stage.

The key to changing this statistic is regular and on-time cancer screening, especially if there are any additional demographic factors that might contribute to an increased risk. If someone is at average risk, the guidelines suggest the start of screening at age 45, with follow-up recommendations based on the results.

About 1 in 3 people that should get tested for colorectal cancer in the US haven’t taken the steps to do so. Proper education on risks, symptoms, and the screening expertise and services available from healthcare practices like MNGI could provide people with the peace of mind and knowledge necessary to provide an early and proper diagnosis and hopefully prevent colorectal cancer completely.

While there are other testing options available, a colonoscopy is the gold standard procedure and the only test that serves in identifying and removing potentially harmful polyps. Don’t leave your future to chance, call MNGI Digestive Health today and schedule an appointment for yourself or a loved one.