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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer diagnosed and the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, but it doesn't have to be. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives.  The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50.

Public health efforts such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) campaign Screen for Life and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) 80% by 2018 campaign encourage  screening tests for men and women ages 50 years and older. Data from the NCCRT shows that one in three adults ages 50 to 75 is not getting screened as recommended

Colorectal cancer is significantly higher among minorities, and African Americans have higher mortality rates and higher incidence rates of colorectal cancer than all other racial or ethnic groups, except American Indians and Alaska Natives. Colorectal cancer is also the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among Latinos, and fewer than 40 percent of American Indian and Native Hawaiian adults have ever been screened for colorectal cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, the number of new colorectal cancer cases and the number of deaths from colorectal cancer are decreasing a little bit each year in adults aged 55 years and older. But in adults younger than 55 years, there has been a small increase in the number of new cases and deaths from colorectal cancer in recent years.

This National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we encourage to share resources and information that will help people at higher risk of colorectal cancer to get screened. Here are a few resources with information on the importance of screening for preventing and/or early detection of colorectal cancer:

  • The Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focuses on screening tests for men and women aged 50 years and older, including factsheets with the basics about colorectal cancer.
  • The National Cancer Institute’s website provides information about colorectal cancer for patients and health professionals.
  • The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion developed an interactive tool to help people choose a colorectal cancer screening test.
The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, a coalition established in 1997 by the CDC and the American Cancer Society is composed of public, private and voluntary organizations dedicated to reducing the incidence of and mortality from colorectal cancer in the U.S. NCCRT has a suite of communication resources Exit Disclaimer with guidance on reaching African American Exit Disclaimer , Latinos Exit Disclaimer and Asian Americans Exit Disclaimer .
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