March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a month to raise awareness of colorectal cancer and the ways that you can prevent it. This month aims to get families, organizations, and survivors involved in the theme to try and shine a light on the imminent danger of colorectal cancer. The support and praise for survivors and those who are currently fighting for their lives is also a big part of this month.
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United states and is also the second cause of death by cancer. It is most commonly found in people over the age of fifty regardless of race, gender, and ethnicity. There are screening tests that can be done to detect colorectal cancer and they are quite thorough. If everyone over fifty got these screening tests done regularly, six out of ten deaths by colorectal cancer could be prevented.
This cancer is usually located at the digestive tract’s lower end and can often begin as noncancerous polyps. Because this cancer starts out benign, there is often little to no symptoms in the beginning which is why screening tests are so important. Treatment for this kind of cancer varies depending on the severity and how far it has progressed and can include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
You can get involved in this month by going outside and getting active with your family and encouraging others to do the same. Living an active and healthy lifestyle has been shown to reduce your chances of colorectal cancer. You can also talk to your friends and family who are over the age of fifty about the importance of colorectal cancer screening tests. You can share the cause of the month through social media to reach more people. When a cancer is this preventable, it is crucial that we do our best to do just that.