National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, observed in March, is a time to increase awareness of colorectal cancer, emphasize the need for a cure, and spur advocacy on behalf of those suffering with the emotional, financial and physical burden of colorectal cancer.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month reminds us that early detection is key.
During March, as we remember the loved ones we have lost and lift up those who continue to fight colorectal cancer, we strive to save lives by raising awareness of this disease and encouraging measures to prevent it.
Did you know?
Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) 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. Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to spread the word about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer.
Every year, more than 130,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Although age, obesity, and certain genetic mutations can increase the risk of colorectal cancer, risk factors include physical inactivity, an unhealthy diet, smoking cigarettes, and consuming alcohol in excess. Those who have had inflammatory bowel disease or have a family history of colorectal cancer may also be at particularly high risk.