March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, is the third most common type of cancer in men and women in the U.S., yet it’s one of the easiest cancers to treat if detected early.

A colonoscopy is the best option for screening. It can detect any abnormal precancerous growths, known as polyps, in the colon or rectum, and a doctor can remove them. Colon polyps are most often benign tumors, but some can develop malignant cancer in them.

If you are 50 years or older and have not been screened, you should consider getting screened now. If you think you may be at a higher-than-average risk for colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor about getting screened early.

HealthAlliance’s Gastrointestinal Services, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, provides screening tests and other procedures. For more information about services offered by our team of board-certified gastroenterologists, call 845-334-2830.