In 2016 the American Cancer Society estimates there will be over 95,270 new colon cancer cases. The number of cases has continued to rise, making colorectal cancer the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, estimating 49,190 deaths in 2016.
Lauren is a Colon Cancer survivors. She was diagnosed at the age of 22 by Dr. Cary Gentry who performed surgery at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital. Today Lauren is cancer free, healthy and sharing her story with others.
See Lauren detail her symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.
Colon cancer is rare in Individuals under the age of 50 but it can happen.
The good news is over the past 20 years, the death toll for colon cancer has significantly dropped due to technological advancements and early detection. As a result, there are more than 1 million survivors of colorectal cancer in the US.
Lauren was lucky. She recognized something was wrong and sought treatment. But in many cases colon cancer has no symptoms, so it is important to get screened.
For most people, colon cancer screenings, such as colonoscopies, are recommended beginning at age 50. Depending on other health factors such as family or health history, your doctor may recommend screenings even earlier.
Contact the providers at CRS for questions about colonoscopies or to schedule your appointment. You are never too young to ask questions.