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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Did you know colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States—but it doesn’t have to be. Statistics show that barely half of New Yorkers over 50 have had a colonoscopy.

A colonoscopy doesn’t just detect cancer, it prevents it.

News10NBC wants to make sure you know how to keep yourself healthy. We have teamed up with the Wilmot Cancer Center to host a phone bank where you can call in and ask Wilmot doctors questions about colorectal cancer, screenings and prevention. The event will be on Wednesday, March 6 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

If you have questions for the Wilmot doctors, e-mail us at news10@whec.com and we will ask them for you or call the doctors directly at 585-275-8762.

Did you know....

  • 90% - The percentage of colorectal cancers that are completely curable when diagnosed early
  • 30% - The percentage of Americans over 50 who have had a colonoscopy
  • 40% - The percentage of colorectal cancers that are found in early stage
  • 10% - The survival rate of colorectal cancer when detected in late stage
  • 51,000 - The number of lives colorectal cancer claimed in 2010

Wilmot Cancer Center will be mailing a Facts & Fallacies brochure to anyone who calls in that would like a copy to learn more about colorectal cancer.

For more informations about colorectal cancer, please visit www.coloncancer.urmc.edu.

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