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Get screened during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

It was once only discussed in whispers, but now most people understand that by raising public awareness of colorectal cancer, we can reduce the risk we all face from it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to raise familiarity with the subject during March, which has been declared National Colorectal Awareness Month.

According to the American Cancer Society, there are nearly 100,000 new cases of colon cancer each year in this country and about 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer. For many battling the disease, Social Security Disability benefits enable them to focus their energies on the fight. 

As you might know, the American Cancer Society has an office just a few miles outside of Newark, in Springfield Township.

The CDC says that colorectal cancer screening can save lives, but only if people get screened.

The CDC notes that screening can help detect precancerous polyps that can then be removed by doctors before the polyps become cancerous. Screening also helps detect cancer in its early stages, when treatment is most effective and can result in cures.

The federal agency adds that people can take steps to decrease their risks of getting colorectal cancer, including engaging in regular exercise, avoiding midsection weight gains, avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol and by not smoking.

A report from the Surgeon General earlier this year stated that smoking does indeed cause colorectal cancer, in addition to the many other serious health problems smoking can cause.

For those battling cancer, SSDI can be a lifeline. However, because initial claims are often rejected, applicants frequently need the assistance of an experienced attorney to help them through the appeals process. 

Source:  CDC, "March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month," March 2014

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