Colorectal Cancer Is Largely Preventable

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American Cancer Society stresses getting tested for colorectal cancer is key to prevention and early detection. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society uses this opportunity to raise awareness that colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as "colon cancer")- the third leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States - is largely preventable.

The American Cancer Society says increasing colon cancer screening among adults 50 and over represents the single greatest opportunity to decrease colon cancer death rates. "Everyone over 50 has the wonderful opportunity to avoid developing colon cancer completely or to find the disease in an early stage," says Richard C. Wender, MD, national volunteer president of the Society. "Since most people with colon cancer do not have a family history of the disease waiting for symptoms to develop is a tragic mistake. Symptoms
can be a sign of more advanced disease. Finding and removing polyps before they turn into cancer, which can be done without surgery, can help us defeat this major cancer killer by preventing it all together. If a cancer is found, finding colon cancer before symptoms develop dramatically increases