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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. It is equally common in men and women.

With the recommended screenings, this cancer can be prevented (by removing polyps before they become cancerous) or detected early, when it can be more easily and successfully treated.

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Who is most at risk?

• Men and women age 50 and older.

• The average age at diagnosis is 72.

• People who use tobacco, are obese or are sedentary.

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