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Colorectal cancer awareness

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to encourage people to get screened for the preventable form of cancer.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to encourage people to get screened for the preventable form of cancer.

Dr. Mark Mirabelli of Highland Family Medicine discussed the awareness program Thursday on News 8 at Sunrise.

Dr. Mirabelli said colorectal cancer is a malignant disease that occurs in the lower part of the gastrointestinal tract, the large bowel.  It is the third most common cancer in the U.S. and a leading cause of death from cancer.  Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups.  It is most often found in people age 50 and older.

Dr. Mirabelli said colorectal cancer is preventable because there is an effective screening process.  If everyone 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.  He also said exercise and a healthy diet are also proactive steps that can be taken to reduce the chances of getting colorectal cancer.
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