Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Begins

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DECATUR --Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 people die from it, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.  However, this disease is highly preventable. Screening finds this cancer early when treatment can be most effective.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In response, HSHS St. Mary's Hospital offers the following tips to help prevent the disease:

1.    Get screened. If you're age 50 to 75, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. Screening tests help prevent the disease by finding precancerous growths so they can be removed.
2.    Be physically active. Exercising regularly reduces your risk of colorectal cancer.
3.    Maintain a healthy weight. Along with exercise, good nutrition helps to prevent colorectal cancer.
4.    Avoid excess drinking and smoking. Consuming large amounts of alcohol as well as any kind of smoking increases the risk of getting colorectal cancer.
To schedule a screening, call (217) 464-2966 or visit HERE.  

For more information about colorectal cancer, visit HERE. 

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