March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Here are a few facts about Colon Cancer.
- Colon Cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death.
- Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally, and people of all races and nationalities.
- Half of all new colorectal cancer diagnosis are in people 66 or younger.
- While most people diagnosed with colon cancer have no family history of the disease, those with a family history should begin screening at an earlier age.
- According to the American Cancer Society, men and women should begin screening for colorectal cancer at age 45.
- Screening has the potential to detect and even prevent colorectal cancer because polyps (precursors to cancer) can be removed during a colonoscopy screening.
- With on-time screening and testing, colorectal cancer is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable.
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