However, there is another type of madness that we want to address: the lack of concern or effort by far too many of us to get screened for colorectal cancer. You see, March is also Colon Cancer Awareness Month. While earlier detection and better treatment have helped lower the number of colon cancer deaths, more than 50,000 Americans will die from the disease this year, according to the American Cancer Society. It’s the third leading cause of death from cancer AND...it’s one of only a handful of cancers for which screening is proven to save lives.
Colonoscopies help find cancers early, when treatment is most likely to be successful. Yet, more than one in three adults aged 50 and older are not being screened as recommended. And let’s be honest...the method of screening may seem a little intimidating. It shouldn’t be. It is a test. One that saves lives. And if you are older than 50, or have a close relative who has had colon cancer, you need to have a colonoscopy every 10 years, or a stool test at home every year.
For more information and guidance on colorectal cancer, visit cancer.org/fightcoloncancer or call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345. Don’t put it off until it’s too late.
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