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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Information Kits

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and Virginia Hospital Center invites you to learn more about colorectal cancer and its prevention and treatment by reading our Colorectal Cancer Awareness Information Kits

A potentially serious disease if left undetected, colorectal cancer can often be prevented through regular screenings, a healthy diet and consistent exercise. The key to successful treatment is catching the disease early, so regular screenings are important.

Facts & Screening Guidelines
Understanding Colonoscopy
How to Schedule a Colonoscopy
Colorectal Cancer Treatment

Colonoscopy Guidelines

Age for initial screening:
  • Age 50 - Individuals with no family history of colorectal cancer or polyps.
  • Age 45 - African Americans with no known risk factors.
  • Age 40 or Younger - Individuals with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, child) who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer before age 60 or individuals with two firstdegree relatives diagnosed at any age should be screened at age 40 or 10 years before the youngest relative's diagnosis —whichever comes first. Women diagnosed with breast, uterine or ovarian cancer should talk with their doctor about having a screening colonoscopy at the time of their diagnosis.
  • Follow-up Colonoscopy - Interval until the next colonoscopy depends on findings of initial colonoscopy and preexisting risk factors of patient.
  • To learn more about colorectal cancer surgery, visit Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group – Colorectal Surgery
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