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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know!?: When colorectal cancer is caught before spreading, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent.

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer, or CRC, is a disease of the colon or rectum, which are parts of the digestive system. Unlike most cancers, colorectal cancer is often preventable with screening and highly treatable when detected early.

Most cases of colorectal cancer occur in people ages 45 and older, but the disease is increasingly affecting younger people. Each year, about 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with this disease and more than 50,000 die.

Colorectal cancer may develop without symptoms. If you are 45 or older and at average risk, it's time to get screened.

Most colorectal cancers start as an abnormal tissue growth, called a polyp, inside the colon or rectum. With the help of screening tests, doctors can detect polyps, remove them, and prevent them from developing into colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in the US among men and women combined. But it is highly treatable when it is discovered early. Even if it spreads into nearby lymph nodes, surgical treatment followed by chemotherapy is very effective.

In the most advanced cases — when the cancer has spread to the liver, lungs, or other sites — chemotherapy can often make surgery an option, prolonging and adding quality to life. Research is ongoing to learn more about this disease and provide more hope to people with all stages of colorectal cancer.

Get a Screening

Colon cancer can be prevented with screening because it's highly treatable when caught early. Screening is safe, even during the pandemic, and most people have more than one option for how to get screened. Take this short quiz to learn more about which screening options are best for you based on your personal risk factors. You may qualify for a free at-home test. Get your screening options here

If you would like to learn more about Colorectal Cancer prevention, screenings, or support, contact the CCH Heptner Cancer Center or visit to learn more.

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