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Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Posted: Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 6:24 am
Author: KCII News - Bill Gatchel

March has been declared National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.  Kiersten Peck with the American Cancer Society says they are making progress against colon cancer and are saving lives and helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.  She says colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer for both men and women in America.

Peck says colon cancer is one of only two cancers that can be prevented through screening.  She adds there are steps you can take to prevent colon cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, limiting the amount of red and processed meat you eat, limiting the amount of alcohol and not to smoke.

Peck adds colon cancer is highly treatable if it is found in the early stages.  She notes since the 1990s, more Americans are surviving colon cancer.  To learn more about preventing colon cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or here.