Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Media Advisory

Danbury Hospital

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 2018

Western Connecticut Health Network’s (WCHN) colorectal surgeons are available to speak with the media regarding a study released by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that reports the rate of colon and rectal cancer (CRC) is dropping in people age 55 and older, while at the same time, rising among young and middle-age individuals between the ages of 20 to 54. 

WCHN wants the community to know that CRS is largely preventable, detectable, treatable, and beatable. Current guidelines recommend colorectal screenings begin at age 50, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that may be lowered if there is personal and a family history. Early and thorough screening in high-risk individuals may help to improve young-onset CRC trends. 

WCHN primary care physicians are also available to discuss why it is critically important for individuals to establish a primary care physician that can help them navigate care with specialists.

Colorectal Surgeons

Learn more from Dr. McClane about CRC Prevention and Treatment here. 

Primary Care Physicians

Diane Burke, Public Relations Specialist
Western Connecticut Health Network