Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, Albert Lea, Faribault and Owatonna will light front entrances of their facilities in royal blue the evening of March 4, in recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal cancer is the third-most diagnosed cancer in the U.S. and will account for more than 40,000 deaths this year, according to the American Cancer Society. For people with average risk, screening should begin around age 45. However, people with an increased risk like family history should be screened sooner. Cancer screenings, lifestyle changes and added awareness can reduce the risk for colorectal cancer.
Here are five things you can do to avoid developing colon cancer: