WHY IS 40 A VIP NUMBER TOO?
Just 40 days until TEAM COLON CANCER CHALLENGE tackles the largest of all marathons in the world - the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon!
We thought we would take the opportunity to introduce two more of this year's TOP FUNDRAISERS - Eddie and Paul. They have both committed to making their miles count in the fight against colorectal cancer. And, they are doing an amazing job!
Now, why is 40 also a special number for us beyond the number of days to race day?
While we have made tremendous progress in the fight against colorectal cancer within those over the age of 50, we are now facing an emerging public health crisis in thoseunder 50 - even under 40!
With your help CCCF is at the forefront of investigating the dramatic increases of colorectal cancer diagnoses among individuals under 50 years of age - we have seen a 45% increase since the mid-1990s and the incidence rates continue to increase.The most dramatic rate of increase is in young women ages 20-29!
Do you know someone who is 40 or 45 or will be soon? Make sure they know the risk factors and symptoms associated with colorectal cancer - including a FAMILY HISTORY of the disease.Those at increased risk for CRC may need to start screening at an earlier age and get tested more frequently than other people. LEARN MORE.
In fact, did you know screening is recommended in African Americans beginning at age 45 years? The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) issued updated screening guidelines for colorectal cancer (CRC) in March of 2009, including this key recommendation. Click here to read the complete --- GUIDELINE.