March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Anybody can get colorectal cancer: Any age. Any gender. Any ethnicity.

Conditions that can increase the risk of Colorectal Cancer: 

  • A personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps
  • Black/African Americans and Ashkenazi Jews are at higher risk
  • A genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (Lynch syndrome)
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases: Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis

Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer: 

  • Blood in the stool
  • Persistent unusual bowel movements like constipation or diarrhea
  • Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away
  • Losing weight for no reason
  • Colorectal Cancer can develop without symptoms

Colorectal Cancer and Ethnicity:

  • African Americans have the highest incidence and mortality rates.
  • From 2009-2013, Colorectal Cancer incidence rates were 20% higher for African Americans.
  • Colorectal Cancer death rates are 40% higher for African Americans

Facts about Colorectal Cancer:

  • 1 in 24 people will get colorectal cancer in their lifetime
  • Screening (testing for colorectal cancer) is the No. 1 way you can prevent Colorectal Cancer
  • With screening, Colorectal Cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and has a 90% survival rate

Colorectal Cancer screening should begin at age 45. Colorectal Cancer is highly treatable if caught early. On-time screening is essential and lifesaving.  Get screened for Colorectal Cancer today!