March – Colon Cancer Awareness Mont

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed for both men and women in the United States.

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and almost 40,000 cases of rectal cancer in 2017.  The risk for developing colorectal cancer is 1 in 21 for men and 1 in 23 for women.

The rate of colorectal cancer has been steadily declining for both men and women due to the amount of screenings being done. Screenings detect any colorectal polyps that are present and are removed if necessary before they become cancerous.

As a result of more frequent and advanced screenings, there are now more than one millions survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States!

What you can do to be aware:

  • Get screened if you are between age 50-75 regularly
  • Be physically active
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Don’t smoke

Quick Facts:

  • The risk for developing colorectal cancer increases with age.
  • More than 90% of colorectal cancer occurs in people aged 50 and older.
  • Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms at first
  • The type and frequency of screenings can be different for everyone so consult your doctor about what is right for you.
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