You Have the Power to Do Something About Colorectal Cancer

December 19, 2012

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Colorectal cancer is the 3rd-biggest cancer killer of both men and women in the US

Colorectal cancer is the third biggest cancer killer of both men and women in the United States.1,2 It is expected to cause approximately 49,700 deaths in the United States during 2015.3

9 out of 10 times, colorectal cancer can be treated if caught early

9 out of 10 times, colorectal cancer can be treated if caught early

Despite the number of lives lost to the disease, colorectal cancer is preventable, detectable and, if found early, treatable.4,5 If everyone 50 years of age or older had regular screenings, as many as 60% of deaths could be prevented through early detection and removal of precancerous A small growth that develops in the lining of a cavity in the body, such as the colon. polyps.5 That means routine screening may save about 30,000 lives a year.

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References

  1. Cancer Facts & Figures 2014. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; 2014. American Cancer Society Pub. No. 500813. American Cancer Society website. http:[email protected]/documents/webcontent/acspc-042151.pdf. Accessed June 20, 2014.
  2. Colorectal cancer. American Cancer Society website. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003096-pdf.pdf. Accessed June 20, 2014.
  3. Cancer Facts & Figures 2015. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; 2015. American Cancer Society Pub. No. 500815. American Cancer Society website. http:[email protected]/documents/document/acspc-044552.pdf. Accessed February 19, 2015.
  4. Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2013. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; 2011. American Cancer Society Pub. No. 861711. American Cancer Society website. http:[email protected]/documents/document/acspc-028323.pdf. Accessed June 20, 2014.
  5. Basic information about colorectal cancer. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/index.htm. Accessed June 20, 2014. 

About the Initiative

The Love Your Colon initiative was created to help increase awareness of colorectal cancer and the importance of screening.

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