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March 25, 2014 > March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Submitted By Charaighn Sesock

While a combination of earlier detection and better treatments have yielded a steady decline in the colorectal cancer death rate over the past 20 years, colorectal cancer will kill an estimated 50,310 people in the U.S. in 2014, and 5,150 in California, according to the American Cancer Society.

Colorectal cancer is one of only a handful of cancers for which screening is proven to save lives, both by finding and removing polyps before they turn cancerous and by finding cancers early, when treatment is most likely to be successful.

During March, National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, the American Cancer Society is highlighting the need to do more to save lives from the nationÕs third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women by urging patients and their doctors to talk about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, which is recommended for people at average risk beginning at age 50.

For more information and guidance on colorectal cancer, visit cancer.org/fightcoloncancer or call the American Cancer Society 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 227-2345.

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