March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, reminds us our partner, the American Cancer Society (ACS). As with many types of cancer, physical inactivity increases a person’s chance of developing colorectal cancer. In fact, there are many lifestyle-related factors you can change to reduce your risk: the links between diet, weight, and exercise and colorectal cancer risk are some of the strongest for any type of cancer. If you are overweight or obese, your risk of developing and dying from colorectal cancer is higher. Being overweight raises the risk of colon cancer in both men and women, but the link seems to be stronger in men.
Increasing your level of activity lowers your risk of colorectal cancer and polyps. Regular moderate activity (doing things that make you breathe as hard as you would during a brisk walk) lowers the risk, but vigorous activity might have an even greater benefit.
“80% by 2018” is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative in which more than 1,000 organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem for those 50 and older. These organizations are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
The 80% by 2018 initiative is led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC).
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