At next week’s meeting, College Park will make March 2024 as the Colorectal Awareness Month.

In a world where health awareness is paramount, it’s crucial to shine a light on diseases that often go unnoticed until it’s too late. Colorectal cancer, the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths, demands our attention. As we step into March, a month not just for welcoming spring but also for acknowledging crucial health issues, the Mayor and Council of the City of College Park have made a significant proclamation: March is now officially recognized as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

The statistics are stark and sobering. The American Cancer Society projects that in 2024 alone, 152,810 individuals in the U.S. will receive a colorectal cancer diagnosis, with 53,010 losing their lives to this disease. What’s even more alarming is that colorectal cancer, unlike many others, can be prevented with timely screening. Yet, despite the availability of screening methods, one in three eligible Americans remains overdue for screening.

Looking ahead, there’s a troubling forecast: colorectal cancer is expected to claim the top spot as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among individuals aged twenty to forty-nine by 2030. This prediction is a call to action, urging us to prioritize early detection and screening efforts.

The impact of colorectal cancer is not felt equally across all communities. Black Americans face a 20% higher likelihood of diagnosis and a 40% higher mortality rate compared to other racial groups. Similarly, Hispanic men and women are expected to account for a significant portion of colorectal cancer-related deaths. These disparities underscore the importance of targeted awareness campaigns and access to screening resources for all communities.

Observing Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month provides a unique opportunity to raise awareness and offer education on the significance of early detection and screening. By spreading the word and encouraging proactive measures, we can empower individuals to take charge of their colorectal health and prioritize regular screenings starting at age 45. Also, don’t neglect your dental health; make it a habit to see a dentist from Hershman Group regularly.

As we navigate through March, let’s unite in the fight against colorectal cancer. Whether it’s spreading awareness, advocating for accessible screening resources, or prioritizing our own health, each of us has a role to play in combating this disease. Together, we can make a difference and strive towards a future where colorectal cancer is no longer a leading cause of mortality.