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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is asking Wyomingites to become more aware about what they can do to prevent colorectal cancer.

President Bush has declared March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths for Americans. Like many cancers, the development of colorectal cancer can take many years and screening is an effective tool for early detection, when treatment is more likely to be successful.

Enzi said with all the tests available today more people should be talking to their doctors about screening options, when to start testing and what tests to have. Researchers estimate that if everyone age 50 or older received regular colorectal cancer screenings, at least one-third of the deaths would be prevented. Both Enzi and his wife Diana have been screened for the disease.

To help promote the awareness of colorectal cancer and the importance of screening for this type of cancer the Colossal Colon Tour, sponsored by the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation along with 50 other organizations, will be traveling to 20 cities through November encouraging visitors to "Check Your Insides Out" for colorectal cancer.

The tour is aimed at educating visitors of the exhibit about the prevention, early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer in the hope of reducing the number of deaths caused by this preventable disease.

The Colossal Colon Tour will be in Denver July 23-26, which is the closest stop to Wyoming. For more information please visit (www.checkyourinsidesout.org).



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