Consider This: Get Your Rear in Gear

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Hundreds of people got their rears in gear on Saturday to raise money and awareness in an attempt to kick colon cancer in the derriere.

Make no mistake, colorectal cancer is a killer. Three years ago it took our own Mike Manhatton's life, and this year it is expected that more than 50,000 Americans will die from the disease.

What's more alarming is that now, if you were born in the 1990s, your risk of colon cancer is now double compared to those born around 1950.

The best cure for this cancer is early detection, but there's a catch to catching this cancer early. Right now, the recommend age for a colonoscopy test is age 50 and insurance companies stick to that guideline strictly.

Consider this: it's time for the American Cancer Society, the CDC and other organizations to rethink that recommendation so insurance companies will allow younger people to take this preventative measure.

The earlier the cancer is detected, the higher the survival rate. So early testing will save lives. In the meantime, learn about the symptom of colon cancer and be vigilant about letting your doctor know if you're experiencing any of them.

Don't ignore the importance of a healthy diet. Obesity is one of the leading factors to the increased cases.

And finally, get your rear in gear. Every step you take gets all of us one step closer to a cure.

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