Spotlight on Colorectal Cancer

Because March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, “Spotlight Chicago” on WGN -TV featured UI Health gastroenterologist and University of Illinois Cancer Center member Keith Naylor, MD, discussing prevention and screening for colon cancer to save lives.

Watch the “Spotlight Chicago” segment.

The recommended age to begin routine screening for colorectal cancer was lowered to 45 from 50 because more younger adults are being diagnosed. Black people may benefit more from screening compared to other groups due to higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.

Age, family history, certain genetic or hereditary conditions, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis increase the risk of colorectal cancer.

Naylor has done other colorectal cancer awareness outreach in March. He was a guest on WVON’s popular “Dr. in the House with Dr. Terry Mason” radio show, and he attended two UIC Flames women’s basketball games passing out information cards, giving tours of CECIL, the Cancer Center’s giant infltable colon, and doing halftime interviews on ESPN+.

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