March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. The [United States] National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Alliance’s message is:

“Colorectal cancer is up to 90% BEATABLE when caught early”.

In Colorectal (Colon) Cancer the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain:

Meno Martha and Colorectal Cancer AwarenessMeno Martha and Colorectal Cancer Awareness“Of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. But it doesn’t have to be. Screening can find precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure”.

In Cancer Prevention and Control: Colorectal Cancer Awareness – What You Can Do the CDC elaborate on:

  • “If you’re 50 to 75 years old, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you’re younger than 50 and think you may be at high risk of getting colorectal cancer, or if you’re older than 75, ask your doctor if you should be screened
  • Be physically active
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol
  • Don’t smoke”.

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Last Updated: 12 May 2018 – Last Revised: 19 March 2018
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