March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Each year the Colorectal Cancer Alliance picks a theme to help drive awareness about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of colorectal cancer. This year’s theme is “Don’t Assume,” which aims to bust the preconceived notions and misconceptions regarding colorectal cancer. Below, we’ll discuss what colorectal cancer is, how it’s treated, and how the Don’t Assume campaign wants to bust myths about colorectal cancer.
Countrywide, awareness efforts about colorectal cancer have yielded positive results. Every year the mortality rate decreases and early detection continues to grow. Yet, this favorable news only applies to cases where patients are over the age of 50, i.e. “regular-onset colorectal cancer”. In contrast, the rate of young-onset colorectal cancer is on the rise. Currently, 11% of colon cancer diagnoses and 18% of rectal cancer diagnoses occur in people younger than 50.
This March, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance will honor the 18th National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The month will be full of fundraiser, educational events, awareness campaigns, and a lot of blue. If you are interested in becoming an ally or in showing your support, here are some things you can do to help.