March is an important month on the healthcare calendar, as it marks Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

This initiative is a crucial opportunity to shine a spotlight on one of the most prevalent yet preventable forms of cancer worldwide. Colorectal cancer, which includes cancers of the colon and rectum, affects millions of lives every year. Despite its prevalence, colorectal cancer is highly treatable when detected early. This is why awareness campaigns, like those held throughout March, are vital. They aim to educate individuals about risk factors, symptoms, and the importance of screenings.

Regular screenings for colorectal cancer are recommended for individuals over the age of 45, or earlier for those with a family history of colorectal cancer, or other risk factors. Screening methods include colonoscopies, fecal occult blood tests, and stool DNA tests. Early detection through screenings can lead to better treatment outcomes and increased survival rates.

Let's use this month as an opportunity to educate ourselves, support those affected by colorectal cancer, and work towards a future where this disease no longer poses a threat to our loved ones. Together, we can make a difference.

To learn more about colorectal cancer, visit

Mainline Health Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month poster

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