March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

Colorectal Cancer: Preventable. Treatable. Beatable.

 Did you know…?

  • Colorectal cancer screening saves lives and is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through screening.
  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States in both men and women.
  • The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age and more than 90% of cases occur in people aged 50 or older.
  • It is recommended for otherwise healthy men and women to have a colonoscopy at 50 years of age and every 10 years thereafter, at a minimum.

Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors

  • People age 50 and older
  • People who smoke
  • People who are overweight or obese, especially those who carry fat around their waists
  • People who aren’t physically active
  • People who drink alcohol in excess, especially men
  • People who eat a lot of red meat (such as beef, pork or lamb) or processed meat (such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs or cold cuts)
  • People with personal or family histories of colorectal cancer or benign (not cancerous) colorectal polyps
  • People with personal histories of inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)
  • People with family histories of inherited colorectal cancer or inherited colorectal problems

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