Next month is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colon Cancer Awareness MonthMarch, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, is rapidly approaching, and organizations and individuals across the country are hoping that people will learn more about this disease and will start to have their screening tests as well as make donations that will help support groups that fight this illness and support those who have it.

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer among women, and the third most common cause among men. Though the number of people who have this disease does vary among the different regions of the world, it is quite common in the western world. Conversely, in Asia and Africa, the condition is quite rare.

The American Cancer Society’s data shows that in 2011, there were nearly 150,000 new diagnoses of colorectal cancer, and about 50,000 deaths that were the result of this disease. It is especially important for awareness to spread about colorectal cancer due to the fact that cases are so frequent, and that it has the ability to become highly devastating to those who have it.

It may be a very common condition, but it is possible to prevent it through a healthy diet and regular exercise. Furthermore, when caught early through regular screenings, it can be much easier to treat and a recovery is possible. Awareness of these facts is key to beating this disease.

March is a reminder that it’s time to for everyone to do their part in the fight against this disease: to find out what risk factors they have, talk to their doctors, and determine whether or not a screening is recommended.

Some businesses are also taking part in the fight against colorectal cancer, such as Cancer Insurance, which will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society every time a quote is legitimately requested from the website for the entire month of March.

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