Health Days 2021

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Statistics show that in 2020 colorectal cancer was the third most commonly diagnosed cancer type in the world, with almost 2 million new cases. It was the third most common cancer in men but the second most common cancer in women, after breast cancer. Colorectal cancer was also the second most common cause of cancer death worldwide, causing almost 1 million deaths.

  • You can reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer by adopting healthier lifestyle habits. Recognized risk factors for colorectal cancer include obesity, low levels of physical activity, a poor diet, and tobacco smoking. Alcohol consumption is also a known risk factor for colorectal cancer.
  • Increased intake of fruit and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of developing colorectal cancer, whereas a dietary pattern with high intakes of red meat, processed meat, and eggs, is associated with an increase in colorectal cancer risk.
  • Introducing more physical activity into your daily routine, even in small ways such as walking or cycling to work or climbing the stairs instead of using the lift, can also reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.
Official Date:
Globally: 1-30/3/2021
Locally: 17/7-18/8/1442AH


The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons


Last Update : 20 February 2022 02:44 PM
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