March: National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Visiting Angels is proud to help increase awareness of colorectal cancer screening during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the U.S. and the #3 cancer killer in the U.S. But it doesn’t have to be! The fact is that there’s a 90% survival rate when the cancer is caught at the local stage, before it has grown into tissue or lymph nodes. This is why screening is so important.

Starting at age 50, every person should be screened regularly because colorectal cancer typically doesn’t present symptoms or signs.

Living a healthy lifestyle by eating right, not smoking, not drinking heavily, and exercising will also go a long way in helping to prevent colorectal cancer.
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month - Are you 50 or older? Time to get screened

5 Colorectal Cancer Myths

  • Myth 1: Colorectal cancer happens mainly in men. The fact is that the cancer is equally common in both genders.
  • Myth 2: Colorectal cancer can’t be prevented. The truth is that if polyps are found early, they can be removed and cancer will not have a chance to start.
  • Myth 3: African Americans are not at risk. The fact is that there are more African-American men and women who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer than other racial or ethnic group in the U.S.
  • Myth 4: Your age makes no difference in colorectal cancer risk. The truth is that 90% of those diagnosed with colorectal cancer are age 50 or over.
  • Myth 5: It’s better not to be screened since the cancer so deadly anyway. The fact is, colorectal cancer is highly treatable if found early.

Local Resources

For free screening for income-eligible NJ residents, call NJ Cancer Education and Early Detection at 1-800-328-3838.Screening Locations: In Mercer County, Shiloh CDC, Mercer County CEED Program, 609-989-0236. In Burlington County, NJCEED Virtua Health, Burlington/Camden Virtua, 856-247-7386.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/screenforlife or call 1800-232-4636.

Download Our Information-Packed Colorectal Cancer Fact Sheets

Download our Colorectal Cancer Community Resource Bulletin pdf. You’ll find powerful information including Tips for Healthy Living, “Why Should I Get Screened?” infographic, Colorectal Cancer Screening Basic Fact Sheet, Colon Cancer: Catching It Early Fact Sheet, and a Colorectal Cancer Crossword Puzzle.