March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month!
Each year, 500 Montanans get colorectal cancer, and each year, 180 Montanans die from it. Colorectal cancer affects both men and women, so it’s important that Montanans between the ages of 50 and 75 get regular colorectal cancer screenings.
Colorectal cancer affects a person’s lower digestive system. Colorectal screenings effectively find colorectal cancer at its earliest stages. Colorectal cancer’s earliest stage is the presence of a polyp, small clump of cells that forms on the lining of the colon or rectum. Not all polyps are cancerous, but by having regular colorectal cancer screenings, you can help yourself remain free of cancer.
What Can You Do?
Get screened. → Colorectal screenings can find colorectal cancer early.
Do not use tobacco. → Tobacco use is linked to colorectal cancer.
Exercise to maintain a healthy weight. → Being obese or overweight is linked to colorectal cancer.Know your body. → Talk to your doctor about any changes to your bowel habits.