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March is colon cancer awarenes month

March 10, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death for men and women, yet it is preventable, treatable, and beatable. It can be prevented by finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous and is highly treatable if found in its early stages. About half of all the colon cancer deaths in the U.S. could be prevented if everyone age 50 and older was screened. Together with our supporters, the American Cancer Society is making progress against colon cancer and is saving lives. Thanks to improvements in early detection and treatment, colon cancer death rates for both men and women have declined during the past two decades. If you are 50 or older, talk to your doctor about getting tested for colon cancer, even if you have no family history. Colon cancer is one of only two cancers (the other is cervical cancer) that can actually be prevented through screening. It is highly treatable if found in its early stages.

There are steps you can take every day to stay well and reduce your risk of colon cancer. You can maintain a healthy weight by being physically active and eating a well-balanced diet. Limit the amount of red and processed meat you eat, including pork and lunch meats. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women, and do not smoke.

Make a point to learn your family's history of colon cancer and colon polyps. You are at increased risk if you have a parent, sibling, or child who has had colon cancer or colon polyps. The risk is even higher if they were diagnosed before age 60. Talk to your doctor about your family history. You may need to be tested earlier than age 50. Visit for more information on colon cancer.

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Grundy County is June 8, 2012. For more information about Relay please contact BeckiJo Shuey at 319-824-6340 or Jenn Flater 319-824-3054 or Neal Bohnet, American Cancer Society Staff Partner at 515.215.1093 or

Log on today at Relay for Life of Grundy County.



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