Mar 12 2019

Colon Cancer- Facts & Prevention

Did you know that March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and Early Detection is Key!  

As I was getting ready for work this morning, and watching my morning dose of KTHV 11, Dr. Bobby Kikati from Gastro Arkansas provided a morning segment about Stopping the Cancer Before it Starts.  It was so informative for me that I thought I would share a little of the information with you:

  1. Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosis in the USA
  2. Colon cancer is the 2nd most common cause of death related to cancer
  3. In 2018 the CDC changed the recommended screening from age 50 to age 45
  4. Colon cancer does not play favorites - read this for 6 simple ways to lower your risk
  5. In Arkansas, we have more precancerous polyps and lesions than the national average making screening early in our state of the utmost importance.
  6. Early Detection is Key! More than any diet or exercise regimen, a colon screening offers the best prevention when it comes to colon cancer. The disease almost always begins with a polyp, a small cluster of cells in the lining of the colon or rectum.  During a screening, a gastroenterologist is searching for polyps that are cancerous or may develop into cancer.  

TRS|Wellness has Illness & Injury Prevention Specialists that work with employers and employees to provide educational materials, screening guidelines and evidence-based interventions that help raise awareness about preventable diseases. Because each employer is unique, we do not have a one-size-fits-all plan. Rather, we will work with each employer individually to promote well-being. If you would like assistance in raising awareness, managing disease states or preventing certain diseases please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can learn about your work culture and discuss ways to help you meet your goals.

Sandy Greeson

Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, Essential Functions Evaluator, & Certifed Clinical Instructor