(WKBW) March is Colon Cancer Month. It's to raise awareness of the disease that is one of the most common forms of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in this country.
Niagara County Health officials say the risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age, so testing is recommended beginning at age 50 or earlier if there is a family history.
Here are some other risk factors: a history of bowel disease, intestinal polyps, colitis, Crohn's disease, a diet high in animal fats, obesity, inactive lifestyle, smoking and heavy alcohol consumption.
Talk to your health care provider to find out when you should be screened.
And to mark Colon Cancer Month and get people talking about this disease, the Colon Cancer Alliance is asking that people all over the country dress in blue on Friday, March 4th.
It's a way to recognize those who died from this disease and those who are still fighting it.