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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a national observance used to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention.  Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.  


The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.   Almost all colorectal cancers begin as precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Such polyps can be present in the colon for years before invasive cancer develops. Colorectal cancer screening can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented. Screening can also find colorectal cancer early, when there is a greater chance that treatment will be most effective and lead to a cure.


This March, Middlesex County Office of Health Services is participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and wants to encourage residents to take action toward prevention.  Here are just a few ideas how you can participate in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month:


  • Encourage your family to get active together – exercise may help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Talk to family, friends, and people in your community about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to talk to patients age 50 and older about the importance of getting screened.

Be sure to follow @MiddlesexCntyNJ  on Twitter and Instagram for colorectal Cancer Awareness tips and information all month long.


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