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Colon Cancer Awareness Month

At Southcoast Health, we offer colorectal cancer screenings to increase your chances of early detection. Our screenings can help find precancerous polyps, so that they can be surgically removed before they have a chance to turn into cancer. Regular screenings can also help find colorectal cancer in the early stages, when treatments for this type of cancer work most effectively.

Certain risk factors increase the likelihood of developing colon cancer, including:

  • Age — 90% of colon cancers occur in people 50 and older
  • Family or personal history of colorectal polyps or cancer
  • Genetics — 5 to 10% of colon cancers are related to mutations in genes and genetic syndromes
  • Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease — ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Lifestyle factors, such as obesity, not exercising, smoking, poor diet and heavy alcohol use

Don’t let embarrassment prevent an important screening – Patient story.

Colon Cancer Is Preventable in any Language – Southcoast Health Cancer Center connects with the community to help prevent colon cancer.

Colorectal Cancer FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions about Colorectal Cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment – Health Risk Assessment.

Colorectal Cancer Knowledge Quiz – Test your knowledge of Colorectal Cancer.

Smoking and the Digestive System – Article.

Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndromes – Article.

Colorectal Cancer Screenings at Southcoast Health 

At Southcoast Health, we offer colorectal cancer screenings to increase your chances of early detection. Our screenings can help find precancerous polyps, so that they can be surgically removed before they have a chance to turn into cancer. Regular screenings can also help find colorectal cancer in the early stages, when treatments for this type of cancer work most effectively. Remember colorectal cancer generally has no symptoms, so please get a screening at one of our primary care locations southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island – especially if you have any risk factors or are over the age of 50. Schedule an appointment or contact us today for more information.

Southcoast Health provides colorectal exams for patients across southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island.