Colon Cancer Awareness Expo
Thursday March 14, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Organization: Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Location: DHMC - 4th Floor entrance from parking garage
Join us for the 2013 Colon Cancer Awareness Expo
- Learn about the risks for colon cancer
- Find out how colon cancer can be screened and cured
- Learn about healthy lifestyle and prevention techniques
- Speak with specialized physicians regarding risks and benefits
What is colorectal cancer?
Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S
Who gets colorectal cancer?
Colorectal cancer occurs most often in people aged 50 or older. The risk increases with age. Both men and women can get colorectal cancer. Your risk for colorectal cancer may be higher than average if:
- You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
- You have inflamatory bowel disease.
Screening saves lives
If you're 50 or older, getting a colorectal cancer screening test could save your life.
- Colorectal cancer usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. A polyp is a growth that shouldn’t be there. Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer.
- Screening tests can find polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.
- Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when the chance of being cured is good.
Speak with your doctor about having earlier or more frequent tests if you think you’re at high risk for colorectal cancer.