March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness MonthMarch 6, 2018 2:34 pm
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. This cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer, cancer of the colon and rectum, is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened. Screening helps find cancerous growths at an early stage when treatment can lead to a cure.
Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:
- Get screened starting at age 50.
- Get active and eat healthy.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, please take a look at these resources:
Centers for Disease Control
American Cancer Society
Colon Cancer Alliance