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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


Contact: Sarah Lawton

Richmond, VA, February 22, 2012 – Observed in March, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month was instituted to help raise awareness of colorectal cancer and encourage those 50 and older as well as those in high risk groups to get a regular colonoscopy screening. Colorectal cancer is a highly treatable cancer and it is estimated that regular screenings could prevent up to 60% of the deaths attributed to this type of cancer. It is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men.

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Colorectal Cancer

When diagnosed early, survival rates for patients with colorectal cancer are much higher.

Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cause of cancer and the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. In men, colorectal cancer incidence lags only prostate and lung cancer. In women, colorectal cancer lags only breast and lung cancer. Your lifetime risk for developing colorectal cancer is approximately 1:20.

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