March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and in recognition, we’re sharing three things to know about the deadly disease.
It’s one of the most common cancers.
The American Cancer Society estimates that this year 136,830 people will be diagnosed with Colon cancer, making it the third most common cancer in the U.S. Though older men and women are thought to have a higher risk of developing the cancer, a recent study found an increasing rate of occurrence among young and middle-aged adults in the U.S.
It’s linked to obesity and other lifestyle factors
In fact, the link between diet, weight, and exercise and colorectal cancer risk is one of the strongest when compared to other cancers. Other risk factors include a diet that is high in red or processed meats, physical inactivity and smoking. Those with Type 2 diabetes are also at a higher risk.
It can be detected early with a screening
Various types of tests exist to identify abnormal growths or cancerous polyps inside the colon or rectum. Most doctors recommend that men and women at an average risk for colorectal cancer should begin regular screenings at age 50. If you’ve had a history of colorectal cancer in your family, talk to you doctor about scheduling more frequent results. Colorectral Cancer is highly treatable when detected early. To learn more about symptoms and signs of Colorectral Cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.
To join the Colorectal Cancer Alliance in raising awareness this month, visit https://www.ccalliance.org/awareness-month/