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Colorectal Cancer Awareness

March is colorectal cancer awareness month and, if you’re over 50, March is a good time to get screened. Colorectal cancer is one of the most common types in both men and women and is also one of the most preventable. Regular screening starting at age 50 is important since most early colorectal cancers do not produce symptoms.

The good news is that colorectal cancer is one of the most treatable cancers, especially when detected early. People over age 50 have the highest risk of developing colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke or have a family history of colorectal cancer. Everyone should take these healthy steps for prevention:

  • Get screened starting at age 50.
  • Encourage your family members and friends over age 50 to get screened.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy.

Get your rear in gear, get educated and get screened! Make an appointment with your healthcare provider today! Help us spread the word by wearing blue tomorrow, Friday, March 2, and throughout the rest of the month so we can turn all Kentucky towns BLUE to raise awareness!