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