Friday, March 4, 2011

The Truth About Colorectal Cancer

This information comes from the Colorectal Cancer Coalition:

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second most common cause of cancer deaths for men and women in the United States.

Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally.

Every 3.7 minutes, someone is diagnosed with colorectal cancer and every 10 minutes someone dies from colorectal cancer.

The vast majority of colon cancer deaths can be prevented through proper screening and early detection.

Every 5 seconds someone who should be screened for colorectal cancer is not.

The survival rate of individuals who have colorectal cancer is 91 percent when detected in the early stages. 

Of the 51,370 people expected to die of colorectal cancers in 2011, early detection could save more than half.

Only 39 percent of colorectal cancer patients have their cancers detected at an early stage.

Regular colorectal cancer screening has been ranked as one of the most cost effective screening interventions available, with the potential to save 40,000 lives a year.

If the majority of people in the United States age 50 or older were screened regularly for colorectal cancer, the death rate from this disease could plummet by up to 70 percent.

Greater awareness of this cancer and the means to prevent it could save the lives of tens of thousands of people in the United States each year.

Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable in most cases.

Get screened!

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