Life matters — by making the choice to get screened, colorectal cancer can be prevented
Contact: Hannah Herrington
Bethesda, MD (Feb 23, 2018) — March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and encouraging people to make the choice to get screened is a top priority for the American Gastroenterological Association. Please join us in spreading the word on the importance of screening.
Colorectal Cancer Facts:
- Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the U.S. 1
- Colorectal cancer is expected to cause about 50,630 deaths during 2018. 2
- You can decrease your risk for colon cancer by increasing physical activity, maintaining a healthy diet, reducing alcohol and quitting smoking. 3
- Colorectal cancer mostly starts with no symptoms at all, which is why routine screening beginning at age 50 (age 45 for African Americans) for all normal-risk individuals is so important. 4
- High-risk individuals, such as those with inflammatory bowel disease or Lynch syndrome or those who have a family history of colon cancer or polyps, should talk to their doctor about getting screened earlier. Screening and removing colon polyps is the only way to prevent colon cancer. 5
AGA offers resources to learn more about paying for a colonoscopy and the different screening options:
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