It is colorectal cancer
The second leading cause of cancer death
In the United States. It:
Colorectal cancer statistics among colored communities
are more worrying. Black men and women are 20 percent more likely to develop colorectal cancer, about 40 percent more likely to die from it than other groups.
The Blue Cross of Independence (Independence) undertakes to reduce
in colored communities. The company is:
work to close the gaps
to ensure that more people in colored communities get colorectal cancer screening to improve survival.
Racial health disparities
Although the black community, especially black men, has a higher mortality rate from colorectal cancer, the screening rate in the black community is lower than in other racial groups.
The reasons for these low screening rates are complex, but it is impossible to overcome them. Differences in the level of colorectal cancer are due to a number of reasons, including inequality in access to health care, as well as the age of diagnosis.
The good news is that we have tools to improve survival. we just have to use them.
Increased risk for young adults
Another worrying trend
Increased levels of colorectal cancer in young adults. Millennia live
Rising risk factors
including inflammatory bowel disease (eg, ulcerative colitis և Crohn’s disease), diabetes և obesity. There are:
– including a family history that may put you at high risk for colorectal cancer. Diet, exercise, alcohol consumption խ Smoking are also risk factors that can affect the risk of developing colorectal cancer.
The last death of the actor
from: S Panther Emphasizes the alarming increase in the incidence of colon cancer among young people, especially young black men. Bozman died of colon cancer at the age of 43. That’s why you can talk to your doctor about your personal risk և if you are a candidate for an earlier examination.
Symptoms to look out for
Although some cases of colorectal cancer may have no signs or symptoms, there are certain signs that may indicate that you have colorectal cancer. That’s why you should be aware of these symptoms և If you notice them, talk to your doctor.
American Cancer SocietySymptoms may include:
• Changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or bowel movements that last more than a few days.
• Feeling that you still have to defecate even after that
• Any signs of blood in the rectal bleeding or stool, including bright red blood or stool that is very brown or brown.
• Pain or abdominal (abdominal) pain
• Weakness և fatigue
• Unforeseen weight loss
New recommendations for colorectal cancer screening
Did you know that the recommendations for colorectal cancer screening have changed recently? US Preventive Services Task Force now
recommends screening from the age of 45. However, certain medical conditions or
may be appropriate for an earlier screening, so talk to your doctor about when to get tested.
Preventive colonoscopy coverage
Most Independent Health Care programs cover preventive colonoscopies at no cost to members over the age of 45.
Check your benefits
for coverage details.
Gold standard for colorectal examinations
The most effective screening test for colorectal cancer is a colonoscopy. This is because during a colonoscopy, your doctor can see directly inside your colon, so if
cancerous or precancerous polyps
It is observed that it can be removed right then and there. This way, when colorectal cancer is detected early, it is very treatable. For other types of screening, any positive results will require a colonoscopy to confirm the diagnosis. Fortunately,
Colonoscopy has come a long wayև The procedure is not as bad as you might think.
There are other less invasive screening options:
• Fecal immunochemical test (FIT).
If you do not get a colonoscopy,
American College of Gastroenterology
advises to check for blood in the stool
Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
every year. This test can be done in the comfort of your own home. Independence works with our suppliers to identify members who are eligible for FIT screening. This non-invasive test is emailed to you directly. After returning your samples to the lab, the results are shared with your doctor. Talk to your doctor to find out if you are eligible for a FIT test.
Cologuard tests for colorectal cancer
Detection of abnormal DNA
արյան Traces of blood in the stool that may occur
ոռ Colorectal cancer. This test requires a prescription from your doctor. You can start by filling in a
horse on the company website
which you can bring to your doctor.
Do not wait to talk to your doctor about your screening options today.
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About Dr. Nuria Lopez-Pajares
Dr. Nuria Lopez-Pajares joined the Blue Cross of Independence in 2018 after 18 years of primary care աշխատել working on public health. Working in the field of public health and preventive medicine, he is now a medical director involved in use management, case management quality improvement. What he loves about this job is the opportunity to put prevention into practice and educate him.