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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted 3/10/2016 by UHBlog

Colorectal cancer in the third most common type of cancer in the U.S. This type of cancer starts in the colon or rectum, which are parts of the large intestine. Colorectal cancer often begins as a growth, called a polyp, in the inner wall of the colon or rectum; sometimes polyps become cancer over time. Finding and removing polyps can save lives and prevent colorectal cancer. People 50 years or older should be screened for colorectal cancer.

To learn more about colon cancer and screening:

  • Talk with your doctor about your colorectal cancer screening options if you are 50 years or older, or if you are concerned about your risk for colon cancer.
  • Read the Colorectal Cancer Screening Fact Sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Visit Fightcolorectalcancer.org.
  • Attend a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Class on Monday, March 28 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Marc Apartments in Cleveland. For questions or more information, call Valerie Vinson at 216-983-1120.
  • Watch these videos from the American Cancer Society.

Learn more about colon cancer prevention, screenings and treatment options from the experts at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.

Sources: CDC.gov, Cancer.gov, Fightcolorectalcancer.org and Cancer.org.

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