July 23, 2007 – Last week, President Bush underwent his second colonoscopy, joining the growing number of Americans who are proactively getting a screening test for colorectal cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.
“President Bush is setting an example for every American about the importance of regular colorectal cancer screening. Although much progress has been made in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer,” said Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder of the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation. “More Americans need to get routinely screened after turning 50. If there is a personal or family history of colorectal cancer, polyps, or inflammatory bowel disease, we suggest talking to your health care professional because you may need to be screened earlier or more frequently.”
In 2000 CRPF and 54 partner organizations joined together to make March National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Since that time, CRPF has been at the forefront of educational awareness about and the importance of colorectal health and screening.
For more information: www.preventcancer.org/colorectal