March is 

Colon Cancer

Awareness Month!

Become an ally and help us bring awareness for finding a cure for Colon Cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the 4th most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States.  It is estimated that 50,260 deaths (27,150 men and 23,110 women) will be attributed to colon or rectal cancer this year. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States for men and women combined. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and the third leading cause of cancer death in women

Colorectal cancer most often begins as a polyp, a noncancerous growth that may develop on the inner wall of the colon or rectum as people get older. If not treated or removed, a polyp can become a potentially life-threatening cancer. Recognizing and removing precancerous polyps can prevent colorectal cancer.

Polyps are most easily found during colonoscopy because they usually bulge into the colon, forming a mound on the wall of the colon that can be found by the doctor.  When colorectal cancer is found early, it can often be cured. The death rate from this type of cancer has been declining since the mid-1980s, possibly because it is usually diagnosed earlier now and treatments have improved.

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