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Avoid assumptions about colorectal cancer

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  • Written By: Brittany Garcia

Colorectal cancer – cancer that starts in the colon or rectum – is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. Approximately 140,000 people are diagnosed and more than 50,000 people die from colon cancer in the U.S. annually. At the same time, colorectal cancer is also the most preventable and treatable type of cancer.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The Colorectal Cancer Alliance and Marshall are challenging you to avoid assumptions and get more information about this deadly disease.

Through research and education about prevention, screening, and treatment, it is possible to end colorectal cancer in our lifetime. Whether you are a patient navigating your diagnosis or caregiver providing support, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance has resources for you.

There are three different tests for colorectal cancer. The gold standard is a colonoscopy, but you can also get checked in your doctor’s office or even using a test at home. For more information, visit