Advice From a Survivor (Me) During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month -- and just a little over 18 years from me being diagnosed with stage three colon cancer. That's reason enough for me to try to talk you into getting your health screenings. Take 90-seconds to watch this. (It could save your life!)
I found this video from a couple of years ago, and I would argue that it gets more important for you and your loved ones every single day.
According to the American Cancer Society, excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2021 are 104,270 new cases of colon cancer and 5,230 new cases of rectal cancer.
Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is: about 1 in 23 (4.3%) for men and 1 in 25 (4.0%) for women. A number of other factors can also affect your risk for developing colorectal cancer.
The American Cancer Society adds that in the United States, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and in women, and the second most common cause of cancer deaths when men and women are combined. It's expected to cause about 52,980 deaths during 2021.
Oddly, March is also National Kidney Month. I was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer in 2014.
Ever want to hear more about my story, or talk in detail about any of this -- I'm happy to share. I'm good inspiration for why you should get screened. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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