March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!
With March being National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a great time to make sure you and your family take steps to help prevent colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in men and women, and it is the second-leading cause of death from cancer.
Luckily, there are several steps to help prevent colorectal cancer, including:
- staying active,
- eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables,
- limiting red meats and processed meats (like hot dogs and lunch meats),
- maintaining a healthy weight,
- not smoking or quitting smoking, and
- avoiding excess alcohol.
Getting screened for colorectal cancer is also very important. You are more likely to get colon cancer as you age, so if you’re over 50, you should get screened for colon cancer. Similarly, talk to your doctor about screening if you have a family history of the disease, even if you are under 50. There are several screening options available, including simple take-home options. Most health plans now provide coverage for colon cancer screening. Learn more about colon cancer and recommended screening tests at www.cancer.org/colon. If you or your family members have additional questions about colon cancer screening, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or your healthcare provider.
Be sure to check out some upcoming colorectal cancer awareness events happening throughout Keene.
The events will feature a large, inflatable colon that attendees can walk through, as well as nutrition tips from the Keene State Dietetic Interns. Don’t miss the giant colon:
- Friday, March 17th– Keene Rec Center from 10:30am-2:30pm
- Saturday, March 18th– Keene Public Library from 10:00am-2:00pm
- Sunday, March 19th– Keene Family YMCA from 9:00am-12:00pm