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March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

February 29, 2008

ACS Colon Cancer AwarenessColorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer of men and women over 50.

Since colorectal cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms, you can look healthy and feel fine and not know there may be a problem. The only way to know is by getting screened. Screening can find precancerous polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

This is one cancer you can prevent! Plus, screening can find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when the chance for a full recovery is very high. Talk with your doctor. And get tested for colorectal cancer. Medicare and many insurance plans help pay for screening. Get screened.

To learn more about colorectal screening and view a seven-minute video, which illustrates and explains the most commonly used testing options in simple language.

For information with a Tennessee focus, see also this 2006 video series done by Channel 2 (WKRN) and Vanderbilt: