Excluding skin cancers, colorectal or colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.
PORTLAND, Ore. — March is National Colorectal (colon) Cancer Awareness Month, and also a chance to get proactive about colon health.
“Don’t put it off,” colon cancer survivor Janel Gunderson said. “If you’re 45 and you haven’t had your colonoscopy yet — get it. It’s so easy compared to going through cancer treatments.”
Excluding skin cancers, colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. It’s also the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. It’s expected to cause about 52,550 deaths during 2023, according to the American Cancer Society.
About ten years ago Gunderson was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that had metastasized to both of her lungs.
“I was 34. I’d been having symptoms for about 2 years, but because of my …