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MCH promotes cancer awareness month

Monadnock Community Hospital wants community members to know that National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month — a national movement to increase awareness and education about colorectal cancer and to spread the message that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable. National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month will be observed throughout March and will include events and outreach activities nationwide.

MCH has all the necessary screenings. A referral from a primary care doctor is all that anyone needs to schedule a screening and potentially a life-saving test. Colorectal cancer is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through screening, yet colorectal cancer remains the third-leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. Each year, tens of thousands of lives are lost to this disease.

Wider use of proven screening tests could save more than half of these lives. The American Cancer Society recommends that people 50 and older should talk to their doctor about getting screened for colorectal cancer. They should talk to their doctor sooner if they have a family history of the disease or other condition that puts them at increased risk.

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