Colon cancer is one of the most easily detectable forms of cancer and one of the most treatable when caught early. Yet, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
Did you know March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month? In light of this, it’s important to make sure you’re aware of your risk for this disease and you are planning on getting screened.
Guidelines state that everyone should have their colons checked starting at age 50, but you may need to get checked even earlier if you are at higher risk, including:
- Jews of Eastern European decent and ethnic groups including African Americans, Native Americans and Alaskan Natives
- Those with a personal or family history of colon cancer, polyps or inflammatory bowel disease
- Those with a personal or family history of other types of cancer
- People who have a poor diet and exercise habits, type 2 diabetes or smoke or drink heavily
To learn more about colon cancer, visit the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) online at www.ccalliance.org or call their toll-free Helpline at (877) 422-2030.
You can join the fight against colon cancer by going blue for the CCA’s 5th National Dress in Blue Day on Friday, March 1, 2013. Learn more at www.dressinblueday.com.