WINDOW ROCK — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez designated March as Colorectal Cancer, Cancers and Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Awareness Month.
Every year about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 people die from it, they said. The disease is preventable by getting screened, beginning at age 50.
“You can reduce the chances of cancer through regular check-ups, a healthy lifestyle and by knowing your family history,” Begaye said. “Together we can ensure a healthy future for all of our People on the Navajo Nation.”
Nez encouraged awareness for colon cancer, Lynch Syndrome and other diseases that men are susceptible to contracting.
“Get your annual physical exams and eat a proper diet to prevent colon cancer and other diseases. As men, we sometimes forgo the checkups due to complacency,” Nez said.
He noted that the Begaye-Nez administration continues to advocate for healthy, active lifestyles.
The President and Vice President encouraged and called upon all Navajo Nation employees, government officials, businesses, communities, health care professionals, educators and people of the Navajo Nation to provide education about preventing, screening, educating, treating and curing colon cancers March 22.