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Marching Forward: National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

This March, as we observe National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we underscore the critical importance of early detection and screening. Colorectal cancer, when identified early, is not only treatable but also curable. However, the key to combating this disease lies in timely screening, as symptoms often occur in advanced stages. 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that adults aged 45 to 75 years be screened for colorectal cancer. Understanding your individual risk is the first step toward prevention. Conversations with family members about health history can reveal inherited risks that might necessitate earlier or more frequent screenings. If you're unsure about your screening status, now is the time to connect with your primary care provider. Whether you're due for a screening or navigating your risk factors, we're here to support you through the process.

Screening options vary from non-invasive stool tests to comprehensive procedures like colonoscopies. Each method comes with its own set of considerations, and during your visit, we can explore which option aligns best with your needs. Remember, the goal of screening is early detection, significantly increasing the chances of successful treatment.

In honor of Chadwick Boseman, the beloved actor best known for his role as the Black Panther, who tragically succumbed to colon cancer, we are reminded of the urgency of this cause. His passing highlights a concerning trend: African Americans are disproportionately affected by colorectal cancer, facing higher rates of advanced disease when diagnosed and mortality. This disparity underscores the importance of timely screening within the African American community and beyond.

Chadwick's legacy, both on and off the screen, inspires us to advocate for our health and the well-being of our loved ones. Let's honor his memory by taking action against colorectal cancer and encouraging timely screening. Together, we can turn awareness into action and save lives.

As we dedicate this month to colorectal cancer awareness, let's commit to understanding our risks, engaging in open family discussions, and scheduling screenings when due. Your health is our priority, and early detection is our shared goal.

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