March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older, but you are at higher risk if you are African-American, smoke or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

Since there are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer, the best way to prevent this disease is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. It also helps to quit smoking and avoid second-hand smoke. Be sure to get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy, too.

A colonoscopy, which can save your life, is covered by Valencia’s UnitedHealthcare plans at 100 percent as a preventative screening if you are 50 years or older, use an in-network provider and are enrolled in Valencia’s health insurance benefit.

If you have questions about your Valencia benefits, please contact the Benefits team by email at or at extension 8266.

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