March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Happy elderly couple for colorectal cancer prevention month

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and a leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.

The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage families to get active together – exercise may help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Talk to people in your community about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to talk to patients age 50 and older about the importance of getting screened.

People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

For more information feel free to contact OnSite Health and/or visit the Prevent Cancer Foundation.