March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

DES PERES, MO (KTVI) – March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Shawn Hu, from Mercy Clinic Cancer Care, stopped by to talk with Christine Buck about the importance of understanding colon cancer.

Colon cancer rates have dropped more than 30 percent in the US in the last ten years among adults 50 and older, due to the increase in the number of colonoscopies. The largest decrease is in people over 65.

There is a nationwide effort to screen 80% of the population (aged 50 and older) by 2018 to keep the momentum going.

Early detection is important because polyps can form and turn cancerous over a period of time.

To schedule a colonoscopy, call 314-251-3917.

Find out more: mercy.net/stlcancer

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