While the American Cancer Society recommends that adults at average risk for colorectal cancer begin getting screened at age 45, it is important to know that there are multiple options for getting screened, and each patient and their doctor should determine the screening method and interval best for them.

Similarly, efforts to reduce disparities in screening rates should focus on providing targeted, evidence-based screening options that also address individual patients’ preferences.

This March, don’t assume.

Don’t assume you’re too young for colorectal cancer.

Don’t assume you’re alone. And don’t assume we don’t need your support to end this disease within our lifetime.

“Don’t Assume” is the Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s 2019 National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month public awareness campaign. Our goal is to challenge assumptions and misconceptions about colorectal cancer by dispelling myths, raising awareness, and connecting people across the country with information and support.

The Alliance is seeking partners to advance the message of “Don’t Assume.”

When people stop assuming, they get screened, they reach out for support, they pay attention to their symptoms, and they advocate for their health.

To learn more about “Don’t Assume,” and learn how you can partner with us this March, please contact Steven Bushong, senior manager of strategic communications, at or (330) 957-0484.

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