March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March 7, 2017

The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.

How can Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?

We can use this month to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention. Communities, organizations, families, and individuals can get involved and spread the word.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage families to get active together – exercise may help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Talk to family, friends, and people in your community about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to talk to patients age 50 and older about the importance of getting screened.

Nation Sees Near Doubling in Colorectal Cancer Screening in 2015 Compared With 2000
CDC News Release (03/03/17)

Colon and Rectal Cancers Rising in Young People
New York Times (02/28/17) Rabin, Roni Caryn