Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Maryland.
The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age.
93% of cases are diagnosed in people over 50 years of age.
According to the American College of Gastroenterologists, any person
over 50 years of age, or those with certain personal or family histories
of colorectal cancer or polyps should begin a regular colorectal
cancer screening regimen.
Colorectal cancer develops often with few or no symptoms at first. Therefore, screening is the best way to find pre-cancerous growths, called polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.
screened is the key to fighting colorectal cancer in early stages.
men and women are at risk.
addition, regardless of age, anyone experiencing signs or symptoms
of colorectal cancer should be screened.
and Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer
in bowel habits
constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
(either bright red or very dark) in the stool
that are narrower than usual
unexplained stomach discomfort
Frequent gas pains or indigestion
Unexplained weight loss
symptoms may be caused by colorectal cancer or other
conditions. Please call your Primary Care Physician,
or if you feel you may qualify for our free screening
program, click here to check for program eligibility or call:
County Health Department