March 2018 has been designated as National Colorectal Cancer awareness month. Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center would like to increase the awareness of the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer. It is estimated that as many as 60% of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented if all men and women age 50 years or older were screened on a routine basis. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50 and those with a family history of colorectal cancer should be screened before age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer, that's why it is so important to get screened. According to the American Cancer Society in 2018 there will be approximately 140,000 new cases of Colorectal Cancer and 50,000 deaths. The great news is that the death rate of Colorectal Cancer have been decreasing in both men and women over the past 10 years. This is most likely due to the number of polyps being found more often by screening and being removed before developing into cancer. It is vital that people understand that there is a 90% survival rate when colorectal cancer is found early and treated. People over the age of 50 are at the highest risk of colorectal cancer. Other risk factors include smoking, having a family history of colorectal cancer, and being African American. Everyone can take these steps to prevent colorectal cancer: 1) Get screened starting age 50 2) Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke 3) Get active and eat healthy.
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