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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
February 25 @ 6:18 am
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, observed in March and sponsored by Prevent Cancer Foundation, 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. 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.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a time to recognize that early detection and treatment are key for battling 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.