March is National Colorectal Awareness Month!

by: Lynne Clement

Colorectal cancer refers to cancer in the colon and/or rectum, or both. Most colorectal cancers develop first as polyps, which are abnormal growths inside the colon or rectum that may later become cancerous if they are not removed. Colorectal cancer is very treatable when it is discovered early.

However, according to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, colorectal cancer screenings have dropped roughly 90% and diagnoses fell by 32% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Colorectal cancer is highly preventable with screening. It usually develops over a period of 10-15 years, often without symptoms. If everyone aged 50 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer might be avoided.

March 5 is Dress in Blue Day, a day to bring awareness to this disease and honor those who are impacted by colorectal cancer. Encourage your family, friends and members of your community to take the pledge to get screened for colon cancer. Take pledge now.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the US, and the second leading cause of cancer death. It affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people 50 years or older. Learn more about NH Colorectal Cancer Screening Program.

Participate in the NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Patient Survey

If you are over the age of 18 and have ever been diagnosed with cancer, The NH Department of Health and Human Services, NH Healthy Lives Section, would like to hear about your experience as a cancer patient. 

The UNH Survey Center is conducting a survey with NH Healthy Lives to learn more about the experiences of Granite Stater’s who currently experience or have experienced cancer and what types of programs and services they would like to see offered.

If you are over the age of 18 and have ever been diagnosed with cancer, we hope you will consider taking 10-15 minutes of your time to help us better understand your experiences so that we may work with our partners to develop programming that will address unmet needs. Take the survey. The survey link will remain open until April 30, 2021.

Please share the survey link with someone you know who has been diagnosed with cancer or copy and paste this language into your own social media pages.

For more information on the survey, please contact Scot Foster at sco[email protected].

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