March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and PCC would like to take this opportunity to remind stakeholders colorectal cancer screening tests are an important tool to help detect and prevent this deadly disease. With appropriate screening and early detection, colorectal cancer can be prevented and treated. If you are age 50 and older, PCC encourages you to schedule a potentially lifesaving colorectal cancer screening colonoscopy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Of the cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and in women.”
The CDC also recommends several things you can do to help prevent colorectal cancer, including:
- Number one is to have a colonoscopy screening beginning at age 50. The screening will help find precancerous polyps as well as find cancer early when treatment is most effective.
- Remain physically active
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat a diet high in vegetables, fruits and whole grains
- Curb the consumption of alcohol
- Refrain from smoking
In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, be sure to spread the word to family and friends that colorectal cancer can be prevented. If you would like to learn more about colorectal cancer, check out our ongoing issue brief series.