Colorectal cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Luckily, it can be treated if detected early. Your Medicaid Expansion benefits with BCBSND include colorectal cancer screenings. Screenings, along with healthy choices, can keep you safe.
Colorectal cancer is cancer that begins in the colon or rectum. Most cases start with polyps—small bumps or growths.
Additional facts about colorectal cancer:
Researchers have linked many behaviors to colorectal cancer risks. Avoiding these risks could lower your chances of developing colorectal polyps.
Over the last few decades, the death rate from colorectal cancer has dropped. This is due to early detection. Yet recent studies show that cases among 20- to 50-year-olds are on the rise.
Regular screening is recommended for people starting at age 45 and continuing until age 75. Several different screening tests can be used to find polyps or colorectal cancer. They include:
Talk to your doctor about which test is right for you. They will know how often you should be screened based on:
If you are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, your care team will help develop a treatment plan that may include:
When found and treated early, the five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer is about 90 percent.