Monday, March 04, 2019
by Patty Johnson • email@example.com
BJC | In recognition of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, BJC Help for Your Health is encouraging employees to understand the risk factors for colorectal cancer. For the 11th year, employees who commit to colorectal cancer prevention have an opportunity to win one of five Fitbit Charge 3
Eligible employees must:
The pledge form and quiz must be completed by March 31. Employees can enter online or complete and submit a paper form here by fax, interoffice mail or email. (Click here to see the official rules.)
Five employees’ names will be randomly drawn from all entries, and the winners will each receive a Fitbit Charge 3 fitness tracker.
Learn more about colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States (excluding skin cancers), with about 145,000 people diagnosed each year, and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the U.S.
Colorectal cancer refers to cancers in the colon or rectum. Most colorectal cancers begin as polyps, abnormal growths that may become cancerous over a long period of time.
The good news is that individuals can take steps to prevent or reduce the risk for colon cancer. Here’s how:
The importance of screening
Though some colon cancers are preventable, there are a number of risk factors that people can’t control, such as age, family history, genetic background, being tall and having inflammatory bowel disease.
And, although 75 percent of patients with colon cancer have no symptoms, the following symptoms may point to colon cancer:
People who have no identified risk factors (other than age) should begin regular screening at age 50. Those who have a family history of colorectal cancer or other risk factors for colorectal polyps or cancer should talk with a health care provider about starting screening when they’re younger and/or getting screened more often.
Several different colorectal cancer screening tests are used for detecting colon cancer, and they should be done at certain intervals. Only colonoscopy can actually remove a polyp or biopsy a suspicious area, however. Talk to your doctor about which test is best for you.
Sources: Siteman Cancer Center and American Cancer Society
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