March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. On average, ever year 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with this type of cancer. Additionally, 50,000 people die from it. Colon cancer is extremely preventable.

What you need to do:

  • Be physically active
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Drink alcohol in moderation and don't smoke
  • Most importantly if you are age 50-75, GET SCREENED!

Staying in control of your weight helps contribute to your health as you get older. Maintaining a healthy weight isn't about short term changes. It's about balancing the number of calories you take in and the number of calories your body uses. Being physically active helps you control your weight. Regular physical activity will help improve your overall health and fitness. March 20th is the first day of spring. The weather will be turning warmer so find a friend/co-worker and start walking!

Getting your annual screening is one of the best ways to prevent diseases. Screening assists in finding colorectal cancer early, when the treatment is most effective. There are several different screening options that are available. Discuss with your doctor about which one is right for you. Your risk increases as you get older. Over 90% of colorectal cancer occurs in people 50 and older.

The NRWA Healthy Benefits plan has colorectal cancer screening for adults starting at age 50 (screening every 5 years) is covered at 100% included in their 15 covered preventive services. The screening is covered at 100% when the claim is coded as a preventive service. What is keeping you from getting yours?

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