March is Colorectal Cancer and Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month.
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Despite this prevalence, colorectal cancer cases have been steadily declining since 2007, which is a testament to the power of routine cancer screenings. Colonoscopies and other types of screenings are recommended for everyone over 50 as an essential way to catch colorectal cancer early. You can check out our Frankly Speaking About Cancer resource about Metastatic Colorectal Cancer to learn more.
Multiple myeloma is the second-most common form of blood cancer in the U.S. Unlike colorectal cancer, the causes of multiple myeloma are largely unclear, but similarly to colorectal cancer, regular screenings can help catch it early and keep it manageable. Because multiple myeloma is characterized by the production of an “M protein” in the blood, blood tests can find “M proteins” early while the levels are still low. This allows doctors to monitor blood levels in case “M protein” levels rise to the level of symptomatic myeloma.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer or multiple myeloma or another type of cancer, please consider sharing your cancer experiences with the Cancer Experience Registry, where you can make your voice count.
And for anyone affected by cancer, we have our Cancer Support Helpline that allows for over-the-phone, one-on-one support and resources.