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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 2013Each year, more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 Americans die from it. As part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Natural Horizons is raising awareness of  risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. First, a few statistics:

  •  Up to 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided if everyone  50 years old or older was screened regularly
  • Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is 1 in 20, according to the American Cancer Society.
  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths (lung cancer is #1)
  • Colorectal cancer death rates have been declining for 20 years thanks to increased screening and improved treatment
  • There are more than 1 million colorectal cancer survivors in the United States.

While tremendous progress has been made, there is still work to be done. Improved access to care and early screening can reduce the cancer incidence rate.

Colorectal Cancer Screenings Save Lives

There are several screenings available for colorectal cancer. If you are over the age of 50, talk with your doctor about getting screened. Your doctor can recommend which screening tests are best for you. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, recommends these colorectal cancer tests:

  • Colonoscopy every 10 years
  • High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT), stool test, or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year
  • Sigmoidoscopy every 5 years

For information on treatment options, visit our colorectal cancer treatments page or schedule a FREE consultation by calling 1-877-292-1571. You can help us raise awareness about colorectal cancer risk factors, screening, and treatment options by sharing this post via Facebook or Twitter.

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