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February 21, 2017

March Health News: It’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

CRC is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but it can be prevented through timely screening.
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Contact: Rachel Shubert
media@gastro.org
301-272-1603

Bethesda, MD (Feb. 22, 2017) — March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month — an important time to remind the public about how this deadly cancer can be prevented through screening.

Here are the facts:

  • Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.1
  • Colorectal cancer is expected to cause about 50,260 deaths during 2017.2
  • With routine colorectal cancer screening, more than one-third of colorectal cancer deaths can be avoided.3
  • Colorectal cancer mostly starts with no symptoms at all, which is why routine screening beginning at age 50 for all normal-risk individuals is so important.4
  • Patients should be aware of risk factors — such as family history or inflammatory bowel disease — in which case they should talk to their doctor about beginning screening sooner.5
  • There are many tests available to get screened for colorectal cancer, all with varying levels of invasiveness and frequency. Patients should discuss the available options with their health-care provider to determine the test that will be best for them.6
  • Along with getting tested regularly, a healthy lifestyle is recommended as the best way to lower one’s risk of colorectal cancer.7

Please contact media@gastro.org to speak with an AGA expert spokesperson for your upcoming Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month story.

AGA offers the following resources to help you explain colorectal cancer in lay terms:

Follow AGA on social media to take part in our efforts to raise awareness of colorectal cancer this March:

  • Twitter — AGA will be co-hosting an ABC News Twitter chat on Tuesday, March 7, at 1 p.m. ET to discuss colorectal cancer screening and prevention. Use the hashtag #ABCDrBChat. Follow AGA for updates on this chat and other Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month tweets.
  • Facebook — throughout March, AGA will be running a “flashback” campaign to engage patients of the target CRC screening audience (50+) with a trip down memory lane, as well as a reminder on the importance of screening. Like our page for updates on this campaign.

References

1https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/colorectalawareness/
2https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/about/key-statistics.html
3https://www.gastro.org/info_for_patients/colorectal-cancer-crc-101-what-is-colorectal-cancer
4https://www.gastro.org/info_for_patients/colorectal-cancer-crc-102-symptoms
5https://www.gastro.org/info_for_patients/colorectal-cancer-crc-103-risk-factors
6https://www.gastro.org/info_for_patients/colorectal-cancer-crc-104-getting-tested
7https://www.gastro.org/info_for_patients/colorectal-cancer-crc-105-prevention

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