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March 2014

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Sponsored by the Prevent Cancer Foundation, March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and a leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.

The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer, therefore screening is very important.

People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

For more information about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

References

  1. Prevent Cancer Foundation. www.preventcancer.org

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