Colorectal cancer, the cancer of the colon or rectum, is among the cancers that can affect both men and women. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. About 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year and more than 50,000 people die from it. However, the disease is highly preventable.
And for that reason, March is designated as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and more specifically, Friday, March 4th was recognized by the state of Kentucky as Dress in Blue Day. Here at the Kindred Support Center and the K-Live Campus, we were happy to participate in raising awareness.
Here are a few important facts to know about colon cancer and the possible prevention of:
Most colon cancers may be prevented with regular screenings.
Early colon cancer may have no symptoms.
If you are age 50 or older, or at high risk, it is recommended that you talk to your doctor about getting checked, as screening saves lives.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Kentucky.
In-network preventive services such as colon cancer screenings are covered at no cost to you if as a Kindred employee, you participate in a Kindred medical plan.
You can earn 25 Healthy Steps Wellness points for completing a preventive care visit (go to www.healthystepswellness.com and click on the Preventive Care Visit challenge)
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