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Colon Cancer Awareness Month 2024

Colon Cancer Awareness Month 2024

With March being colon cancer awareness month, I wanted to help promote the message that this is a highly treatable cancer and often curable when detected at a localized stage in the bowel. Here are a few other key points to keep in mind regarding Colon Cancer and screening options:

• The American Cancer Society recommends beginning screening at 45 years old for average-risk individuals and high-risk individuals being screened earlier and more frequently.
• A screening colonoscopy is the best way for prevention and early detection of colon cancer. You can learn more about why this exam is considered the gold standard for colon cancer screening by visiting our colonoscopy webpage.
• We offer an Open Access Colonoscopy scheduling option for screening colonoscopy procedures that does not require an office visit before the colonoscopy. This saves the patient time and the cost of an office visit. To learn more, visit our open-access colonoscopy webpage.

45 is the new 50 for getting your colonoscopy to be screened for colorectal cancer.

2024 Colon Cancer Awareness Month Events

Whether you have a personal connection to colon cancer or want to help raise awareness… DFW has a great 3-mile walk event that your family can participate in. I’ve provided basic information on each event below, along with a link to the event website. Also, I will update event information and add new events to this page as they are announced.

National Dress Blue Day

  • Date: Friday, March 1, 2024
  • Event Info: click here
  • Great opportunity to increase awareness at the office or with friends & family!

Project Cure CRC RFP Webinar

  • Date: March 5, 2024
  • Location: Virtual
  • Event Info: click here

Walk to End Colon Cancer

  • Date: November 9, 2024
  • Location: Levitt Pavilion – 100 W. Abram St, Arlington, TX 76010
  • Event Info: click here

*All 2024 events have not been published. Check back using the link above for this run/walk event 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.