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Promoting Colon Cancer Awareness

Not including skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in the United States. There were over 100,000 new cases of colon cancer and over 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer last year in the United States. Combined, these cancers resulted in roughly 50,000 deaths.

According to the American Cancer Society, "...the lifetime risk for developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 19 (5.4%). This risk is slightly higher in men than in women. A number of other factors may also affect a person's risk."

They go on to explain, "The death rate (the number of deaths per 100,000 people per year) from colorectal cancer has been dropping for more than 20 years. There are a number of likely reasons for this. One is that polyps are being found by screening and removed before they can develop into cancers. Screening is also allowing more colorectal cancers to be found earlier when the disease is easier to cure. In addition, treatment for colorectal cancer has improved over the last several years. As a result, there are now more than 1 million survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States."