March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, taking the lives of more than 50,000 Americans every year. The statistics are sobering, but the good news is that the disease is highly preventable through screening. Screening can detect pre-cancerous growths called polyps that can be removed before they develop into colorectal cancer. Treatment is most effective when colorectal cancer is detected in its early stages..
Throughout the month of March, EIF’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage all men and women age 50 and over to speak with their healthcare providers about receiving the screening that is right for them. Please visit http://www.cdc.gov/features/colorectalawareness/ or http://www.eifoundation.org/programs/eifs-national-colorectal-cancer-research-alliance to learn more information about colorectal cancer and how you can help protect yourself and those you love from this disease.
Stay tuned for more exciting news from the NCCRA and the CDC coming later this month!