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Colon Cancer Awareness

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer death.  In 2023, the American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 106,970 new cases of colon cancer and 46,050 cases of rectal cancer in the U.S., and a total of 52,550 people will die from these cancers.  It affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people 50 years or older.  However, incidence in those younger than 50 is increasing.  Preventive screening can help to decrease the rising number of people diagnosed with the disease.  LMHS encourages those who are at the age of 45 or older to participate in a colon screening for the benefit of their health.  The colorectal cancer survival rate has also been increasing, due in part to increased awareness and screening.  Finding polyps and cancer in the earlier stages provides the best opportunity for successful treatment.