March has been designated National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. As many as 60 percent of the deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided if everyone age 50 or older received regular screenings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

 

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer, about 150,000 Americans diagnosed annually. It’s also the third most deadly, claiming about 50,000 lives each year, according to the American Cancer Society.  “If you look at statistics, we’re only screening about half the people over age 50 who should be screened."

 

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