Raise awareness to help prevent colorectal cancer.
Did you know that March is Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month?
Taking the opportunity to get screened for this cancer is a serious and important duty to both yourself and your loved ones. Colorectal cancer is the third deadliest form of cancer and the third most common cancer affecting both men or women. Although one of the deadliest forms of cancer, it can be cured if caught early. Our Chief Medical Officer, George McPheeters, MD, FACS, gives a brief word on why early detection of colorectal cancer is key.
According to the American Cancer Society:
- Most colorectal cancers are found in people without a family history of colorectal cancer.1
- Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer.2
- Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.3
- Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the United States.3
- If found and treated early, the 5-year survival rate is 90%!
For more facts and information about colon/colorectal cancer, check out the links below or visit the American Cancer Society's website.
- Clinician's Reference: Fecal Occult Blood Testing for Colorectal Cancer Screening
- Colorectal Cancer Fact Sheet
- Do's and Don'ts of Colorectal Screening for Clinicians
- Infographic (PDF) - Colorectal Cancer: Catching It Early
- Life is Full of Unexpected Surprises (video by Colon Cancer Alliance)
- "What Keeps People From Lifesaving Colon Cancer Testing?" by Richard Wender, MD