Mar 1st, 2022

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It's a rallying period for the colorectal cancer community where thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers, and advocates throughout the country join together to spread awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events, talking to friends and family about screening and so much more.

What is Colorectal Cancer (CRC)?

CRC is a disease of the colon or rectum, which are parts of the digestive system. Unlike most cancers, colorectal cancer is often preventable with screening and highly treatable when detected early. Most cases occur in people ages 45 and older, but the disease is increasingly affecting younger people.

  • 1 in 24 people will get CRC in their lifetime
  • Screening is the #1 way to prevent CRC or detect early
  • With early detection, CRC has a 90% survival rate

To learn more, visit the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.

Everyone deserves a healthy life

Protecting one’s health is important. But many people face hurdles in accessing life-saving resources to prevent, detect, and treat colorectal cancer, including:

  • Screening
  • High-quality care
  • Clinical trials
  • Precision medicine
  • Supportive communities
This March is all about access.

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center invites you to join the Colorectal Cancer Alliance this month in sharing programs to screen, care and cure.

Take their short quiz to learn about which screening options are best for you based on your personal risk factors. You may qualify for a free at-home test.

CRC often goes undiagnosed until it has spread, but awareness saves lives! By increasing awareness, people get screened earlier, and by finding it earlier fewer people will be taken by this awful disease. Help us in growing awareness of this preventable disease and share this information because, #TomorrowCantWait.