Prince George's County, Maryland

The Prince George’s County Health Department Recognizes Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

For Immediate Release: 3/4/2013 10:00 AM

Contact: Dellia Williams, Public Information Officer Prince George’s County Health Department /301-883-7835/240-417-8443

LARGO, MD- In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, the Prince George’s County Health Department is promoting the availability of free colorectal cancer screenings in several locations throughout the County. Participants must be County residents and meet income guidelines to be eligible for the free program.

“The number of residents being diagnosed and the number of mortalities associated with colorectal cancer could decrease if individuals participate in screening programs that can detect abnormalities within the colon,” said Prince George’s County Health Officer Pamela B. Creekmur. “Colorectal Cancer is curable 90% of the time when detected early.”

More than 13,000 Colorectal Cancer cases are diagnosed each year in people under the age of 50. Early symptoms to be aware of before seeking medical attention include:

  • Unexplained change in bowel habits
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Blood in stool
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Unexpected or sudden weight loss
  • Chronic tiredness or unexplained fatigue

There are also risk factors that are linked with Colorectal Cancer.

  • Age 50 or older
  • Family or personal history of

Colorectal Cancer
Colon polyps (adenoma)
Breast, Ovarian or Uterine cancer(s)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Cohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis)

  • Smoking
  • Obesity or physical inactivity
  • Diet with high percentage of cooked or red meats

For additional information about the Colorectal Cancer free screening, please contact 301-883-3524.