Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer in men and fourth leading cause of cancer in women in the United States. The frequency of colorectal cancer varies around the world; common in the western world and rare in Africa and Asia. According to the American Cancer Society, almost 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed and approximately 50,000 people died from the disease last year in the US. Because it's so common and potentially devastating, colorectal cancer awareness is very important. That's why March is colorectal cancer awareness month. While colorectal cancer affects so many people, it is preventable through regular screenings, regular exercise, and a healthy diet. Simply put, colorectal cancer awareness is necessary if colon cancer is going to be beaten.
Talk to your doctor at your next appointment. Do you have risk factors that increase the chance you may get colorectal cancer? Come to think of it you do...HIV. HIV increases your risk of colorectal cancer. That along should urge you to speak to your doctor and see if you are in need of a colorectal cancer screening.
More About Colorectal Cancer
- The Importance of a Colon Cancer Screening
- The Dangers of Rectal and Anal Cancer
- 15 Causes of Colon Cancer
Scotti, P.; "March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month"; Mayo Clinic; 2 Mar 2009.