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April is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. and the second leading cause of death from cancer?

This deadly cancer does not discriminate. It affects people in all racial and ethnic groups. It is most often found in people 50 years and older. African-Americans and smokers are at a higher risk.

Don’t get too upset, however. There is good news – you can fight back!

If everyone who was 50 years and older was screened, at least 60 percent of deaths could be prevented.

For those under 75 years old, there are several different tests that can detect this cancer. Ask your health care team to help you decide which screening test is best for you. If you are over 76 years old, talk with your doctor or nurse about whether you should continue to be screened.

It’s up to communities, health professionals, and families to encourage people and work as a team to get more people screened.

Spread the word and let people know that everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

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

Suggested tweets:

True or false? You should get tested for colorectal cancer at age 50. Answer: Yes, get tested regularly for colorectal cancer.

Exercise can help reduce your risk for colorectal cancer. #CancerAwarenessMonth

Smoking can put you at risk for colorectal cancer. #CancerAwarenessMonth

Colorectal cancer screenings are covered by most health care plans and Medicare! #CancerAwarenessMonth

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