March is colorectal cancer awareness month

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Not all cancer is pink. Blue is the color of choice for the representation of a form of cancer that kills someone every nine minutes. 

Supporters proudly wear blue in an effort to bring awareness to colorectal cancer for the month of March. 

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women if you exclude skin cancers. 

It is the second cause of cancer-related deaths in the country.

For the past five years, Louisiana has had the fourth-highest colorectal-related death rate in the nation.

A local Gastroenterologist tells us nearly 28 million Americans are in need of screenings. 

“Colorectal cancer is preventable if the correct steps are taken,” says Ochsner Baton Rouge Gastroenterologist Aldo Russo, M.D.

“The key to decreasing new cases is following routine screening guidelines.”

Colorectal cancer screenings are recommended if you are at least 50 years old.

African Americans are urged to begin examinations at age 45.

It is highly encouraged to discuss all screening options with your doctor beforehand so that a healthcare provider can accurately determine what’s best for you.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment to be screened, you should visit Ochsner Health Center across the Baton Rouge region.

You can also speak to someone directly at 225-761-5200.

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