March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The VDH Cancer Prevention and Control Program works to decrease the burden of colorectal and other cancers through helping to develop and promote evidence-based strategies shown to prevent and control cancer. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer death. However, CRC screening makes dying from this disease preventable. During this month, VDH wants to continue to spread the message that CRC is “Preventable. Treatable. Beatable!”
Colorectal cancer occurs in the colon or rectum. It is also called colon cancer. Sometimes abnormal growths, called polyps form in the colon or rectum. Over time, some polyps may turn into cancer. Screening tests can find polyps so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment works best.
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives.
Regular screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer. If you’re 50 to 75 years old, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you’re younger than 50 and think you may be at high risk of getting colorectal cancer, or if you’re older than 75, ask your doctor if you should be screened. Learn about other ways to lower your risk.
To learn more about decreasing CRC risks, visit this page at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://bit.ly/2Fjfs7t.