Mount Arlington - March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. 60% if those deaths could be prevented if everyone age 50 or older were screened regularly for colon cancer.

What is Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be named colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together because they have many features in common.

Cancer starts when cells in the body start to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer and can spread to other areas of the body.

What are the Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?

What are the Risk Factors?

  • Age: Those over 50 should be screened for colorectal cancer.
  • Family History: Those with family history of colorectal cancer should start screening earlier than 50 years old.
  • Ethnicity: African Americans have the highest rate of Colorectal Cancer of all racial groups in the U.S.
  • Diet: those who's diet is high in animal fat and red meat.

Did You Know?...

Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. 60% if those deaths could be prevented if everyone age 50 or older were screened regularly for colon cancer.

What You can do to Reduce Your Risk

  • Exercise: Getting 150 minutes of exercise per week is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Eat a Healthy Diet: Fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which play a role in cancer prevention.
  • Quit Smoking: Smokers are at a greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels and may be related to colorectal cancer risk.
  • Drink in moderation: If you choose to drink alcohol, limit the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than one drink a day for women and two for men.
  • Get screened!:

For More information

Call the Township of Mount Olive

Health Department at 973-691-0900 ext. 7330

Created by the Township of Mount Olive Health Department.

’Information from:

  • https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/about/what-is-colorectal-cancer.html
  • cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal

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