March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month - Northern Michigan's News Leader

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and 9&10 News and McLaren Cancer Institute want to give you the answers about how someone can get it and how to fight back.

Colorectal cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths for non-smokers.

There are a few types of tests that can be done to determine whether you have the cancer or not, including one that can be done right at home.

Doctors recommend anyone 50 or older to be regularly screened.

If you have a family history of the disease, you may need to start sooner.

McLaren Cancer Institute, with locations at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey and McLaren Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant, is offering free colorectal cancer screening tests during March. If you are 50 years or older or have a family history of colorectal cancer, call 855-552-5669 or sign up online at www.McLaren.org/Cancer for a free screening test that you perform in the privacy of your home.