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Colon Cancer Awareness Month – 2021 March

Colon Cancer Awareness Month – 2021 March

March is colon cancer awareness month. Each year my practice participates in promoting awareness for this treatable cancer by participating in local events and creating content that helps educate others on how to prevent and beat colon cancer.

As we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to emphasize the importance of not putting off necessary health maintenance services like colon cancer screening or not seeking an evaluation for digestive symptoms. The key to beating this cancer is early detection. When detected in a localized stage (has not spread outside of colon or rectum), the 5-year survival rate is 91%.

2021 colon cancer awareness month w/ blue ribbon. colon cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable

Also, keep in mind that certain habits can increase your risk of cancer. These include things like drinking alcohol, not staying physically active, and weight gain. Most of us have slipped out of our regular routines at some point during the pandemic, so don’t feel like it is just you. The message is simply for everyone to understand that these activities or lack thereof can lead to long-term health problems.

“Early detection is the key to beating colon cancer! I encourage everyone 45 years of age or older to discuss with their doctor when they should have their first colonoscopy. Following the recommended screening guidelines directly correlates with earlier detection and prevention of this cancer. Please help us spread this awareness message by sharing it with friends and loved ones. Thank you.”

-Matthew Eidem

Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S. Unfortunately, colorectal cancer might strike without any signs or symptoms. For this reason, patients are encouraged to have regular colorectal screening examinations to detect problems early. The best screening evaluation is a colonoscopy. Recommended guidelines for colon cancer screening are as follows:

• As a screening exam for colon cancer in everyone over the age of 45
• As a screening exam for anyone with a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps
• As a surveillance exam in anyone with a personal history of colon polyps
• Evaluation for unexplained anemia
• Evaluation of rectal bleeding (blood in stool)
• Evaluation of chronic diarrhea
• Evaluation of an evolving change in bowel habits
• Evaluation of chronic abdominal pain

Open Access Colonoscopy

This scheduling option is offered to help save patients the time & expense of an office visit prior to screening colonoscopy exams. We hope that this time-saving option will increase colon cancer screening participation rates in the Plano, TX area. Learn more about this option by visiting the open access colonoscopy page.

open acces colonoscopy button that links to a detailed info page

Colon Cancer Awareness Events – DFW 2021

Whether you have a personal connection to colon cancer or want to help raise awareness, the DFW area has had some great events in the past which you can participate in. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we’ll participate in virtual events this March and remain optimistic that we might have in person run/walk event(s) later this year in the DFW area.

National Dress Blue Day

  • Date: Friday, March 5, 2021
  • Event Info: click here
  • Great opportunity to increase awareness at the office or with friends & family!

Colorectal Cancer 5k Walk-A-Thon

  • Date: Oct/Nov 2021
  • Location: Fort Worth, TX
  • Event Info: click here
  • We’ll update the specific event date & location info after it is released

Get Your Rear in Gear

*Many of the 2021 events have not been published. Check back using the links above for run/walk events in multiple Texas cities.

Matthew Eidem, MD
Matthew Eidem, MD
Gastroenterologist at Matthew Eidem, MD
Matthew Eidem, MD is a gastroenterologist in Plano, TX practicing since 2007. He is a member of the Digestive Health Associates of Texas (DHAT) medical group and serves on the executive committee for DHAT. He has a special focus on colon cancer awareness along with IBS symptoms and treatment options. Dr. Eidem received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2000 and completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2007. Distinguished honors include Best Doctor in Dallas award, Patient's Choice Award, Chief Resident and Intern of the Year at UT Health Science Center. His gastroenterology clinic is located at 3242 Preston Road, Suite 200, Plano, TX 75093.