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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some things you need to know about the disease from Richard Greenberg, MD, a colorectal cancer specialist from the Department of Surgery at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia:1. Screening for colorectal cancer saves lives2. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the US and the second leading cause of cancer deaths3. If found and treated at an early stage it is one of the most survivable of all cancers4. Screening should start at age 45 for African Americans and at age 50 for others5. Colonoscopy is not unpleasant—you are asleep; and the prep isn’t as bad as you think6. Know and do not ignore the warning signs of colorectal cancer: rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, a change in bowel habits or unexplained weight loss7. Know your family history. Having close relatives with colorectal cancer may increase your risk.You may require earlier screening8. Speak with your healthcare professional. Discuss your medical history and get screened.