March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and it gives a platform for survivors, patients, caregivers, and all who have been affected by this disease to tell their stories and start conversations. These conversations can save lives!
Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer also is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90% of cases occur in people aged 50 or older.
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. However, many people who are at risk for the disease are not being screened according to national guidelines. It is estimated that as many as 60% of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented if all men and women aged 50 years or older were screened routinely.
For more info on how to get treated and symptoms to help prevent this disease please visit www.cdc.gov/coloncancer