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What You Should Know About Colorectal Cancer

  • Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S.
  • The average person’s lifetime risk of developing it is 1 in 20
  • It affects men and women equally
  • African Americans are at greater risk compared to any other ethnic group
  • There is a strong genetic component with colorectal cancer; therefore, it is very important to know your family’s medical history
  • Women over 75 years are more likely to die of colorectal cancer than breast cancer
  • It can be prevented by removing polyps before cancer starts
  • Symptoms may include change in bowel habits or narrowing of the stool for more than a few days, rectal bleeding, cramping or abdominal pain, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss and fatigue from anemia.
    No matter your age, if you experience any of the symptoms listed, see your physician immediately so the cause can be identified and treated if needed
  • Many people have no symptoms
  • With early detection, survival rates are 80%+

The information in this kit is general in nature. Your personal healthcare provider is your best source of medical advice.

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