MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the Mayo Clinic Health System is honing in on prevention.
Aside from skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., affecting one in 20 people. This year, an estimated 50,000 people will die from the disease.
The Mayo Clinic Health System says patients haven’t been coming in for their regular screenings since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Without those regular screenings, patients catch the cancer when it has already progressed to a later stage.
“The screening methods that are available include, of course, a traditional colonoscopy and also the at-home test called Cologuard. Mayo Clinic was the pioneer who helped develop the Cologuard test, and the Cologuard test actually detects the DNA in a stool sample,” said Amrit Singh, M.B.B.S., an oncologist and hematologist at the Mayo Clinic Health System.
Luckily, by taking simple steps such as getting screened, eating well and exercising regularly, you can lower your risk of developing the deadly illness.