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A look at the facts on colorectal cancer

By keeping up with your digestive health, doctor’s visits, and screening schedule, you can reduce your risk for colorectal cancer.

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Your primary care doctor plays a vital role in the early detection and prevention of cancers, including CRC.

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Did you know? 1 in 24 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) in their lifetime. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so we’re giving you a look at the numbers and ways to reduce your risk.

By the numbers

  • No. 3: Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide in men and women and the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US.
  • 75%: Patients with second-degree relatives with CRC have a 75% higher chance of developing the disease.
  • 45-75: Adults ages 45 to 75 should get screened for colorectal cancer.
  • 3%: In recent years, cases have reduced by 3% — due in large part to a decrease in patient risk factors as well as increased screenings and polypectomies (read: a minimally-invasive procedure to remove a polyp).

How to reduce your risk

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Limit red meat and add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.
  • Add probiotics to your routine and consume more fiber.
  • Get screened and bring up any concerns to your primary care doctor.*

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