March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month—an excellent time to share info about getting screened for the disease. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, one in 17 Americans were at risk of developing colorectal cancer, with 90 percent of new cases occurring in people 50 and older.
A recent study predicts an 11.9 percent increase in colorectal cancer mortality worldwide because of COVID-19-related delays in screening.
The screening numbers are down, but colorectal cancer has not gone away. The importance of screening is stronger no more than ever.
The five-year survival rate for stage 3 colorectal cancer patients is around 75 percent, up from 50 percent just 15 years ago. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 151,030 people will be diagnosed this year. If caught before it spreads to other parts of the body, the five-year survival rate increases to 90 percent.
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