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March is Designated Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer, commonly known as colon cancer, is the third most common cancer among men and women in Ohio. The disease affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people aged 50 years or older.

Colorectal cancer screenings save lives. With screening and early detection, colorectal cancer is treatable and beatable. According to the Ohio Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, 53 percent of Ohioans age 50 and older reported having been screened for colorectal cancer. If everybody age 50 or older had regular screening tests, as many as 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.

The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. If you are age 50 or older or think you may be at higher than average risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor about getting screened.

 

Last Reviewed: 3/8/13