Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it.
Screening Saves Lives
Colorectal cancer is highly preventable by getting screened beginning at the age of 50. This disease almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early when treatment works best.
- Being age 50 or older
- Smoke or use tobacco
- Overweight or obese, especially if you carry fat around your waist
- Not physically active
- Drink alcohol in excess
- Eat a lot of red or processed meats
- Have a family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps
- Have a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Talk to your doctor about your colorectal cancer screening options. Early detection is key!
For more information, visit www.preventcancer.org.
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