Trinity CancerCare Center
March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Minot, N.D. -- Trinity CancerCare Center recognizes March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is encouraging all North Dakotans 50 and older to be screened for colorectal cancer. “Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and if caught early enough leads to positive outcomes,” states Dr. Stephen Makoni, Medical Oncologist at Trinity CancerCare Center.
Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer for men and women in North Dakota as well as the third leading cause of cancer death. Each year approximately 400 North Dakotan men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 140 individuals will die from the disease. These statistics can look much different if more people get screened for colorectal cancer. Currently, approximately 42 percent of North Dakotans, who are 50 and older, have not screened for colorectal cancer or are past due for screening. “North Dakota is in the group of states with the lowest screening rates in the nation accompanied by one of the highest incidence of colorectal cancer”, states Shane Jordan, Trinity CancerCare Director.