With Colorectal Cancer Rates Rising, the American Cancer Society and Colorectal Cancer Alliance Join Forces to Increase Screening

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ATLANTA, Feb. 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Colorectal Cancer Alliance (Alliance) are joining forces on Your Colon is 45 - an initiative aimed at promoting colorectal cancer screening for individuals aged 45 and above. By combining their efforts, ACS and the Alliance seek to extend their outreach and enhance public awareness regarding symptoms, risk factors, and screening resources..


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Your Colon is 45 encourages everyone to visit YourColonIs45.org to learn more about prevention, take a screening quiz, find a screening location, and send an e-card to remind friends and loved ones to get checked.


According to the American Cancer Society's Cancer Fact & Figures, 2024 report, colorectal cancer is now the leading cause of cancer death in men and the second in women under 50 years old. Among adults age 45-50, 80% are not getting screened. This disturbing statistic and recent data that reflects more than a third of U.S.


adults are overdue for colorectal cancer screening makes increasing awareness urgent and critically needed..


Your Colon is 45 encourages everyone to visit YourColonIs45.org to learn more about prevention, take a screening quiz, find a screening location, and send an e-card to remind friends and loved ones to get checked. By working together to get Americans screened, ACS and the Alliance can make significant strides in helping the White House Cancer Moonshot initiative achieve its goal of reducing cancer death rates by half in the next 25 years..


'The Your Colon is 45 initiative represents a significant step forward in our collective effort against colorectal cancer,' said Dr. William Dahut, chief scientific officer for the American Cancer Society. 'By joining forces with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, we can reach more individuals and empower them with vital information that can save lives.'Michael Sapienza, CEO of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, echoed this sentiment, saying, 'Together, we are stronger.


Through collaborative efforts, we can make a profound impact on colorectal cancer prevention and early detection.'Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the rectum. Depending on where they start, these cancers can also be called colon cancer or rectal cancer. When the first abnormal cells start to grow into polyps, it usually takes about 10 to 15 years for them to develop into colorectal cancer.


With regular screening, most polyps can be found and removed before this happens. Screening can also find colorectal cancer early when it's small and easier to treat.Matching an American Cancer Society 2018 update to colorectal cancer screening guidelines, and the Alliance's call for earlier screening, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a recommendation statement lowering the age to begin colorectal cancer screening from age 50 to age 45 in 2021.


At age 45 or older, everyone should talk to a healthcare provider about the best screening options available.To help prevent colorectal cancer or catch it early, when it's most treatable, ACS and the Alliance recommend following these tips:Know the Risk FactorsMore than half of colorectal cancers in the U.S.


are associated with lifestyle risk factors that can be changed, including lack of exercise, excess weight, smoking, heavy alcohol use, an.




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