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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

colon cancerMarch is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Did you know that it is the third most common cancer in the United States, and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths? Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, affects men and women equally and is usually found in people ages 50 years or older. With the right precautions, colorectal cancer is preventable and can be detected early with regular screenings.

Since 90 percent of new cases occur in people ages 50 or older, it is recommended for men and woman to begin getting screened at that age. Survival rate for individuals who have early stage colorectal cancer is 90 percent but only 10 percent when diagnosed after it’s spread to other organs. Colonoscopies and other screenings help detect abnormalities and can save lives.

Remember, colon cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable in most cases. Screening and early detection is key!

To schedule your screening for colorectal cancer, call NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900.

To show your support and help raise awareness for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, join us in wearing blue this Friday, March 7.

 

One Response to March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

  • Hey, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this really important post. When it comes to cancer screening, I think this is a topic that is often debated. When should you be getting screened for cancer? This really can depend on a wide variety of factors. Fortunately, this is a little simpler when it comes to screening for colorectal cancer. As you noted in this post, 90 percent of cases are diagnosed in people over the age of 50. Colorectal cancers are some of the most preventable forms of cancer if people are willing to stay healthy, active and go in for a colonoscopy. Hopefully this message has reached plenty of eyes and ears this month, thanks for sharing this information.

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