National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (March) is around the corner. Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third most common type of non-skin cancer in both men and women? If you’re between 50 and 75 years of age, you are at risk and should be getting screened regularly—early detection can save your life. Plus, if you are 50 and over you’ll earn 200 Vitality Points™, just for getting screened. Here is what you need to know:
Colorectal cancer typically develops from abnormal growths (polyps) in the colon or rectum. Even without symptoms, regularly scheduled screenings can detect abnormalities before they become cancerous. Colorectal cancer is more treatable if it’s found before it has a chance to spread.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends colorectal cancer screening for men and women aged 50–75. Consider getting checked out sooner if any of the following applies to you:
The exact causes of colorectal cancer have not been determined; however, it is known that the following factors can play a part:
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