March Is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s What To Know
As we enter March, that means that it’s time to recognize National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. National Colon Cancer Awareness Month was first created from Presidential Proclamation and signed by President Bill Clinton in 2000.
Since then, it has grown to be a rallying point for the colorectal cancer community where thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the country join together to spread colorectal cancer awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events, talking to friends and family about screening and so much more.
Here are some facts that you should know about colon cancer:
Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
Every year, about 140,000 people in the United States get colorectal cancer, and more than 52,000 people die of it.
Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. If you have symptoms, they may include blood in or on the stool, abdominal pain that doesn’t go away, or losing weight and you don’t know why. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor.
There are several screening test options. Talk with your doctor about which is right for you.
Only about two-thirds of adults in the United States are up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening.
Now that you know the facts about colon cancer, the next step is to schedule a screening. Regular screening, beginning at age 45, is the key to preventing colon cancer. If you’re 45 to 75 years old, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you’re younger than 45 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.
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