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County Executive John R. Leopold Proclaims March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Annapolis, Maryland (November 19, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold today issued a Proclamation that March 2011 will be recognized as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

"There is no greater priority than saving lives and early cancer detection has been proven to increase an individual’s chance of survival," said Mr. Leopold. "I have provided funding in the budget to assist low income residents of the County between the ages of 50 and 64 in receiving this vital screening which has saved over a half of a dozen lives."

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths affecting both men and women. Colorectal cancer screening is the best way to detect early stages of cancer.

At age 50, everyone should begin regular colorectal cancer screenings. The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers assistance with colonoscopies for residents of the County between the ages of 50 and 64, who are uninsured and income eligible.

Individuals can reduce their risk of colorectal cancer by getting screened starting at age 50, eating a high fiber, low fat diet, losing excessive weight, exercise regularly and quit smoking.

For more information on Colorectal Cancer, screenings, and tips on prevention call the Department of Health’s Learn To Live Line at 410-222-7979. The Department also has free Colorectal Cancer Information Kits that can be ordered by calling the Learn to Live Line or online at www.aahealth.org.


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