National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
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. 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.
Early detection and treatment are key for battling colorectal cancer. Every year, more than 130,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and it kills nearly 50,000 - making it the second 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.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Sponsor: Prevent Cancer Foundation
To learn more, visit http://www.preventcancer.org