Colon cancer has been a problem on the forefront of American disease awareness efforts for over four decades.
Through research, the development of treatment therapy, disease awareness efforts and new technology, colon cancer incidence and death rates have started to fall since the 1970s. These advancements have resulted from the hard work and dedication of hundrededs of thousands of individuals comitted to combating this disease.
This infographic from Cancer Treatment Centers of America gives us a detailed glimpse at a few of the key milestones in the history of colon cancer activism.
Image Source: Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Clearly we have come a long way in the fight against colorectal cancer. However, we still have several obstacles to overcome. The CDC estimates that one third of individuals aged 50-75 are not getting their recommended colon cancer screening.
Talk to your doctor today about the risk factors for colon cancer, and how you can protect yourself from the 2nd leading cancer killer through screening. Here's a free Doctor Discussion Guide you can use to start the conversation.