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(OPINION) Schedule regular screenings and stay ahead of colorectal cancer

"Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer deaths," Anna Allmond writes.


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Dear Casper,

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and it is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about this disease that affects so many people in our communities.

In fact, the White House recently shared updated information regarding colorectal cancer in the United States. A recent piece by The Wall Street Journal addresses the alarming rate in which younger people are receiving colorectal cancer diagnoses. Colorectal cancer at large continues to gain awareness in the media, while the geographic disparities for colorectal screening go unnoticed.  

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Unfortunately, individuals living in rural areas are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage colorectal cancer and experience higher mortality rates compared to their urban counterparts. The lack of access to health care and preventative services, such as screening and early detection, is a significant barrier for rural communities.

Additionally, the stigma attached to colorectal cancer can make it difficult for individuals to talk about their symptoms and seek help.

By raising awareness about colorectal cancer, we can encourage people to take proactive steps to protect their health, such as scheduling regular screenings and being mindful of the symptoms associated with this disease. It is also important to advocate for better access to healthcare services in rural areas to ensure that everyone has the resources they need to stay healthy.

Wyoming ranks 51st in the nation for colorectal screenings and this is a statistic we would like to change.

Anna Allmond

Gastroenterology Associates, P.C.