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Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colon Cancer Awareness Month Nationally, the month of March is dedicated to colon cancer awareness.  This year, Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) launches the No One Fights Alone campaign to emphasize the importance of early detection.  Under new guidelines from the American College of Gastroenterology with the United States Preventive Services Task Force, LMHS encourages those who are at the age of 45 or older to participate in a colon cancer screening for the benefit of their health. 

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and in women, and the second most common cause of cancer deaths of men and women combined.  In 2022, the American Cancer Society estimates 52,580 deaths will be attributed to colorectal cancer, with 106,180 new cases of colon cancer, and 44,850 new cases of rectal cancer.  Colon cancer is treatable if detected early with a range of treatment options available.  Preventive screenings are the best way to detect and remove pre-cancerous polyps prior to becoming cancerous.  Diet, weight, and exercise are strongly linked to the risks and prevention of colon cancer, and simple lifestyle changes, such as eating a high fiber diet and increased physical activity, may help decrease the risk of the disease.

Contact your primary care physician today to schedule a colon cancer screening.  To offer more resources, LMHS established a dedicated website,, which contains detailed information about colorectal cancer and features high-fiber recipes and fitness tips.