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You and Your Health

March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Photo: JImmy Smits talks about colorectal cancer screenings.

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Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone aged 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer also is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States.

In most cases, colorectal cancer develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.

Learn More About Colorectal Cancer

  * Read CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month feature
  * Follow CDC_Cancer on Twitter for quick facts about colorectal cancer every weekday in March
  * Visit CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Web site
  * Download fact sheets, brochures, and posters in English and Spanish

Remind Your Loved Ones to Get Screened

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to send an electronic greeting card reminding those you care about who are 50 years old or older to get screened for colorectal cancer.

Jimmy Smits talks about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer.