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Colorectal cancer is “the second most common cause of cancer deaths” worldwide, but early detection through screening can significantly improve outcomes. While screenings have traditionally been recommended starting at age 50, recent years have seen a shift in guidelines, advocating for screenings to begin at age 45. This change emphasizes the importance of early detection in combating this disease.

Colorectal cancer develops in the colon or rectum, often starting as benign growths called polyps. Over time, these polyps can become cancerous, leading to the development of colorectal cancer. The disease can progress silently, without noticeable symptoms in its early stages, making regular screenings crucial for early detection and treatment.

In recognition of the updated guidelines, Horizon Family Medical Group is at the forefront of promoting colorectal cancer awareness and encouraging early screenings. With a commitment to preventative care, Horizon Family Medical Group emphasizes the importance of proactive health measures, including regular screenings for colorectal cancer.

Early screening offers several benefits, including the detection and removal of precancerous polyps before they have the chance to develop into cancer. Additionally, early detection increases treatment options and improves the likelihood of successful outcomes. By encouraging individuals to undergo screenings starting at age 45, Horizon Family Medical Group aims to save lives and reduce the impact of colorectal cancer on its patients and the community.

Despite the proven benefits of early screening, many individuals may feel hesitant or uncertain about undergoing a colonoscopy or other screening methods. However, here at Horizon Family Medical Group, we offer a supportive and compassionate environment, ensuring that patients feel comfortable and empowered throughout the screening process.

It’s important for individuals to understand that colorectal cancer screenings are not only for those experiencing symptoms but are recommended for everyone within the recommended age range. By prioritizing preventative care and regular screenings, individuals can take proactive steps towards protecting their health and well-being.