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(February 26, 2024, Salisbury, Maryland) March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In 2024, the American Cancer Society estimates that 152,810 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer. This type of cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women combined. This year, colorectal cancer is expected to cause about 53,010 deaths. Interestingly, this is one of the most preventable cancers.

Colorectal Cancer screening should start at age 45 or even sooner for some, based on risk factors (talk to your physician). Screenings done routinely can identify precancerous growths that can be removed before they turn into cancer. There are no early warning signs for this type of cancer which is why screening is so important.

Genetic factors and lifestyle choices can increase your risk for colorectal cancer. A history of inflammatory bowel disease, a family history of colorectal cancer, and certain hereditary syndromes are examples of genetic risk factors. Lifestyle choices such as tobacco use, alcohol consumption, lack of exercise/obesity and poor diet can also increase risk. Changing lifestyle risks and getting regular screenings can help prevent colorectal cancer.

The Wicomico County Health Department’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Program helps combat this cancer by offering no cost screenings to eligible individuals. The program also provides community education via health fairs and outreach events. On March 1, 2024, please participate in Dress in Blue Day to help spread awareness about Colorectal Cancer.

For more information on the Colorectal Cancer Screening Program including program eligibility or outreach opportunities, call 410-548-5175 or visit us at or on Facebook (@WicomicoHealth).

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