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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Date:3/22/2013

Plainview, NY (PRWEB) March 22, 2013

March, 2013: Each year nearly 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed and 51,000 Americans die of the disease, making it the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths and the third most common cancer among both men and women. But many of these deaths are largely preventable through patient education and routine screening, says Olga Falkowski, M.D., a board-certified pathologist who serves as the Medical Director and Director of Molecular Genetics at Acupath Laboratories, Inc., a national medical laboratory based in Plainview, N.Y.

“There are still millions of men and women at risk for colorectal cancer who aren’t getting tested,” says Dr. Falkowski. While the number of colorectal screenings has risen in recent years, one in three Americans are still not up to date with the recommended colorectal screenings, according to a 2011 study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr. Falkowski offers three simple tips to help increase the chances of catching colorectal cancer before it turns deadly:

1) Learn the symptoms. Since colorectal cancer is often diagnosed after symptoms appear, the first step is to be aware of the most common signs, which may include: blood in the stool, a change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, discomfort or cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and unexplained weight loss. If cancer is detected early, between 80 and 90 percent of patients recover after undergoing surgery. But the
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