Recognizing National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March

March 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Each year, around 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, for more than 50,000 it is fatal.

Reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by following these tips:

  • If you are 50 years old or older, get a screening test for early detection
    • A screening test helps find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer
  • Increase the intensity and amount of your physical activity
  • Avoid obesity and weight gain around the midsection
  • Only drink alcohol in moderation
  • Quit smoking- according to The 2014 Surgeon General’s Report, smoking causes colorectal cancer
  • If you don’t smoke, don’t start, and avoid secondhand smoke

For help quitting smoking, visit www.smokefree.gov or call 1 (800) QUIT-NOW.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/ColorectalAwareness/

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