Upton Promotes Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, afflicting thousands of Michigan residents every year
In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) today urged continued public awareness and prevention in the fight against the disease, the third most common form of cancer among men and women in the United States. In 2007, over 5,000 people in Michigan were newly diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and about 1,800 died from the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year and more than 50,000 people die from it, despite being one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Last Tuesday, March 6, Upton’s colleague Congressman Donald Payne (D-NJ) passed away due to complications from colon cancer.
“The sad reality is that while this silent killer takes so many lives every year, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer,” said Upton. “That makes early diagnosis all the more important and routine screening critical, even for folks with no known symptoms or risk factors for the disease. This March, help commemorate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by talking to your healthcare provider about screening options and reducing your own risk – and please encourage your loved ones to do the same. Working together, we can increase awareness and fight this deadly disease.”
An individual’s risk of colorectal cancer increases with age; most cases – some 90 percent – occur in people 50 and older. Beginning at age 50, men and women who are at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should begin screening. Certain lifestyle factors like diet, smoking, and consumption of alcohol also have an impact on an individual’s risk for colorectal cancer and other diseases.
Early and routine screening can help detect colorectal cancer in its earliest stage, when treatment works best. For more information on colorectal cancer and early detection, Upton encourages people to visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/features/colorectalawareness.