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Promotional image from the Center for Disease Control informing people that colorectal cancer screening starts at 45.

March 9, 2023

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month brings attention to the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States highlighting the importance of preventive colorectal cancer screenings. Colorectal cancer develops in the large intestine (colon) or the rectum, often beginning as noncancerous polyps. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Screen for Life campaign encourages adults to screen for the disease because screening tests can find the cancer early and tests such as colonoscopies can remove benign and precancerous polyps before they cause trouble.

Due to the increase in colorectal cancer cases for adults younger than 55, the recommended beginning screening age is 45. While leading a healthy lifestyle may help prevent different types of cancers, screening tests to detect and remove polyps before they turn into cancer is the most effective way to reduce the risk of developing colon and rectal cancers.

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  Image credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2023). Colorectal Cancer Awareness. Retrieved March 8, 2023 from https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/colorectalawareness/index.htm