American Cancer Society urges testing

Statistics show that in Indiana alone, nine people every day will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

Throughout March, the American Cancer Society is urging the community to be part of prevention efforts for the third leading cause of cancer death for both men and women here in the U.S.

In fact, according to the ACS, half of all colon cancer deaths each year could be prevented in the U.S. if everyone age 50 and older got screened.

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the U.S. for both men and women. This year colorectal cancer will take the lives of more than 51,000 Americans, many of them preventable.

Early colon cancer usually causes no symptoms and can be detected by available colon cancer screening tests. However, as colon cancer progresses, the disease may cause symptoms including changes in bowel habits.

Early detection allows doctors to remove polyps before they become cancerous, therefore preventing the disease altogether. 

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