March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Here are a few things you can do to help yourself, your friends and your family learn more about this highly preventable disease:
Screening saves lives
Colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. It is also is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the U.S., occurring more than 90 percent of the time in people age 50 and older.
While diet and exercise may play a role in preventing colon cancer, the most important way to prevent death from the disease is through early detection. This means regular colorectal cancer screening tests beginning at age 50—earlier if you are at higher risk.