CancerCare Center | Colorectal Cancer Awareness

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.

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Important points about colorectal cancer:

  • If you are 50 and older or younger if you have a family history of colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor about colorectal cancer screening.
  • Colorectal cancer and precancerous polyps don’t always cause symptoms.
  • Colorectal cancer affects both women and men and all races and ethnicities.
  • When found early, colorectal cancer treatment can be very effective and save lives.
  • Many insurance plans help pay for screenings that can detect colorectal cancer.

  Be sure to review the North Dakota Cancer Coalition's Fact Sheet

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