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March 2007

NHM Health Focus: Colorectal Cancer Awareness



 – All About Colon and Rectum Cancer (ACS)
 – Colon Cancer, The Basics (ACCUP)
 – Colorectal Cancer (MedlinePlus, NLM)
 – Stages of Colon Cancer (NCI)
 – Understanding Colorectal Cancer (UNMC)

 – Risks and Reducing Your Risks of Colorectal Cancer (CRPF)

 – Colorectal Cancer Treatment (CRPF)
 – Treatment by Stage of Colon Cancer (ACS)

  – American Gastroenterological Association
  – American College of Gastroenterology
  – American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  – American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  – Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation
  – Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition
  – National Cancer Institute
  – National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

Preventable. Treatable. Beatable! National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month underscores the reality that while colorectal is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., it is one of the most preventable cancers. (ACS)

  • 153,760 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2007. (ACS)
  • There will be an estimated 52,180 deaths in 2007 due to colorectal cancer. (ACS)
  • Young African Americans have higher than average incidence of, and death rate due to, colon and rectum cancer compared to other populations. (ACG)

To reduce your risk of colorectal cancer you can:

  • Participate in regular screenings that can find pre-cancerous and early cancerous conditions, when the chances for a full recovery are best. (CDC)
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. Increasingly, scientific evidence supports the conclusion that regular physical activity can reduce the risk of several cancers, particularly colon cancer, in both men and women. (CRPF)
  • Consume a healthy range of food. What you eat may have protective effects - Fruits and vegetables, folates, calcium, whole grains from breads, cereals, nuts and beans all have some evidence showing they may help prevent cancer and other diseases in general. (CRPF)
  • Include plenty of dietary fiber. A diet high in fiber, fruits and vegetables and low in fat can improve your overall health and reduce risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes and may reduce your risk of colorectal cancer. (CCAC)

To help advance knowledge of the disease, its prevention and treatment, you can:

  • Participate in a clinical trial -- Participants are currently being recruited for clinical trials to increase knowledge of the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer.

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