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March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Prevent Cancer Foundation

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a time to encourage everyone over the age of 50 to get screened regularly for colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the rectum or colon. It’s the second leading cause of cancer-related death for both men and women.

People over the age of 50 are at the highest risk for colorectal cancer. Other risk factors include:

  • Growths (called polyps) inside the colon
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Smoking
  • Health conditions like Crohn’s Disease
  • Being African-American

Here’s the good news: you can reduce your risk if you get screened for colorectal cancer starting at the age of 50. You can also reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by:

  • Getting active
  • Eating healthy
  • Quitting smoking
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Get the Word Out

  Sample Tweets

Starting at age 50, get tested regularly for colorectal cancer. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/mSvbsm.

Q. What are screenings?
A. Screenings are medical tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. More: http://1.usa.gov/mGOVs2

10 questions to ask your doctor about health screenings: http://1.usa.gov/jm7tM5.

Planning a grocery store trip this weekend? Prevent colorectal cancer by choosing foods low in fat and full of calcium and fiber.

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Get Involved

Take action to prevent colorectal cancer.

  1. Contact local doctors’ offices and ask them to share colorectal cancer prevention information with their patients.
  2. Host a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month event at a local senior center. Give out information about colorectal screenings, spread the word about how staying active can help prevent colorectal cancer, and ask a doctor or nurse to talk about the importance of getting screened.
  3. Hold a cooking demonstration with low-fat foods full of calcium and fiber.
  4. Host an information night at your local library to talk about ways to get more people in your community screened for colorectal cancer.
  5. Provide free information and resources to local African American community organizations and events, such as churches, neighborhood block parties, associations, etc.

Adapted from the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Contact the Prevent Cancer Foundation at info@preventcancer.org for more information and materials.

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