MCMC staff wearing blue to raise awareness for colorectal cancer

MCMC Staff 'Go Blue' for Colorectal Awareness

March 9th, 2021

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and staff at the Murray County Medical Center gathered on Tuesday, March 9th in blue apparel to bring awareness to this important health topic. Throughout the month of March, over 50 civic, public, and private organizations in Minnesota will be lit blue for colorectal cancer #BlueforCRC.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and most cases spur up in adult over age 50. However, more and more cases are being found in young adults. Colorectal cancer includes cancers of the colon and rectum. It begins as non-cancerous growths or polyps on the lining of the colon (which often present no symptoms), and can become cancerous over time. The best detection for colorectal cancer and pre-cancers is through a colonoscopy where any growths that are found are removed and sent for further testing.

The American Cancer Society recommends that individuals at average risk for colorectal cancer begin screening at 45 years of age and continue through age 75. Matt Flory from the American Cancer Society notes that “the pandemic has disrupted cancer screening, and we are urging people to talk to their doctor about getting back on track with colorectal screening now.” The Minnesota Department of Health reports that there are over 100 men and women living with a history of colorectal cancer.

Murray County Medical Center has colonoscopy and other cancer screening services. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (507) 836-6153.