Peninsula Regional Medical Center Health Blog

By Dr. Halim Charbel

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. While the observance is a national one, it’s especially important to take note of it here on Delmarva. Wicomico County has one of the highest colon cancer mortality rates in the state. Prevention estimates that if all adults aged 50 or older had regular screening tests for colon cancer, as many as 60 percent of the deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.

The American Cancer Society says that nationwide, 50,000 people die each year from colorectal cancer. While the five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer is 90 percent if it is diagnosed and treated at an early stage, only 39 percent of cases are caught at this early stage.

That’s why screening for colorectal cancer is so important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all men and women should be screened for colorectal cancer soon after…

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