Each year, 50,000 U.S. adults die from colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in American men and women, according to the Colon Cancer Alliance. The five-year survival rate when the cancer is found at an early stage can be 90%, making early detection essential to survival of colorectal cancer patients.
To raise awareness of the disease, March is. This provides the perfect opportunity for patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, and advocates to work together to raise awareness during the month.
Make a difference:
- Encourage employees to get screened
- Share information on types of tests that are available
- Share stories of early detection, survival, and hope
- Provide online tools that identify consumers of their risk of developing colorectal cancer
The evidence-based Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment from Medicom Health Interactive estimates a patient’s lifetime risk for developing colorectal cancer. The risk calculation takes into consideration lifestyle, genetics, and personal health history. It also provides screening recommendations using current guidelines. Hospitals can educate consumers on screening options and direct them to appropriate clinicians by using the colorectal cancer risk profiler.
As a healthcare provider, what can you do to make a difference in the battle against colorectal cancer?