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March National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that 6 out of 10 deaths from Colorectal Cancer could be prevented? SCREENING SAVES LIVES!

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd deadliest type of cancer, and if you’re 50 or older, you should get screened. The easy-to-use home screening test can find these polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Early detection is one of the keys to preventing colon cancer.

What is Colorectal Cancer? Colorectal cancer is a cancer that develops in the colon or rectum. It usually starts as a non-cancerous polyp which slowly over several years develops into cancer. Because it can take several years to develop, many people do not have symptoms for some time which is why screening is important. Screening test can find these polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

What you should know. Colorectal Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of all cancer related deaths and is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosis for both men and women in the US. The 5 year survival rate for people whose colorectal cancer is treated at an early stage is 90%. If all men and women over age 50 were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.

Who Should Be Screened? • Anyone age 50 or older • Anyone with a close relative with colorectal polyps or cancer. • Anyone with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) • Women with a history of ovarian, endometrial or breast cancer may need screening before age 50-consult your doctor. • The American Cancer Society recommends that all men and women over 40 and anyone with a personal or family history of lower intestinal disorders use an home occult screening test yearly.

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