White House Recognizes Colon Cancer Awareness Month

The White House has issued a proclamation signed by President Barack Obama recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The proclamation encourages Americans to discuss colon cancer with their doctors and get recommended screening tests.

Screening is looking for cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease. Screening tests for colon cancer can often find it early, when treatments are more likely to be successful. In some cases, screening can even prevent colon cancer by finding pre-cancerous polyps that can then be removed before they turn into cancer.

“Everyone has a role to play in reducing deaths from colorectal cancer,” stated President Obama in the proclamation. “This month, I encourage Americans to talk to at-risk parents, grandparents, or friends of all ages about getting screened. If we look out for one another, we can better the chances of survival and keep more families whole.”

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. The American Cancer Society is fighting colon cancer by supporting patients and survivors, funding new research, and spreading the word about recommended screenings and ways to lower risk.

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