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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum, and is often called simply "colon cancer." Over a million people suffer from colon cancer, worldwide, each year. Family history and/or personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps increase one's risk for colorectal cancer.

The American Cancer Society estimates for colorectal cancer in the United States for 2013 are:

  • About 102,480 new cases of colon cancer
  • About 40,340 new cases of rectal cancer
  • About 50,830 deaths from colorectal cancer
  • Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country. Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 20.

In Israel for the past ten years, the Unit for the Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer (CRC) has worked toward the prevention of Colorectal Cancer (CRC). The Unit works both with the high-risk population (families of patients suffering from CRC, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) and women's post breast cancer surgery) and with the average risk population. During the past seven years, with the cooperation of the Jerusalem Municipality, the CRC have developed a community project geared toward the prevention of Colorectal Cancer.

Each year, a different neighborhood is chosen. Letters are individually mailed to persons between the ages of 45-70 years old, encouraging them to have sigmoidoscopies performed. As a result of this endeavor, the CRC have performed more than 1500 sigmoidoscopies in the neighborhood. The results have been very impressive: 20 colonic carcinomas (most of them early detection) and more than 120 persons with polyps were identified and treated successfully through this project.

YOU can prevent colorectal cancer! Here's how:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Don't smoke; quit if you do
  • Eat vegetables, fruits and whole grains
  • Drink moderate amounts of alcohol
  • Get screened regularly

It is recommended that a first colorectal screening test take place at age 50. If you have personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps or are at increased risk for other reasons, talk to your healthcare professional about getting screened earlier and/or more regularly

For more information on Colorectal Cancer or other Health and Wellness programs contact programming@hadassah.org. For more information on colorectal cancer and screenings visit www.Hadassah.org.il or visit our advocacy partner www.nccra.org

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