PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – March is colorectal cancer awareness month and doctors want you to help yourself stay healthy.

Dr. David Metz, associate chief of clinical affairs in the division of Gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, would like to send everyone a card on their 50th birthday saying it’s time to get a colonoscopy.

“The beauty of colorectal cancer screening is not so much to identify cases it’s to identify the premalignant lesions that can be removed and put the patient in a surveillance program to prevent them ever getting this disease.”

He says only 50 percent of the people are getting the exam and he hopes awareness can raise that.

There will also be a fundraising walk and run March 20th at the Art Museum. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Reported By Lynne Adkins, KYW Newsradio.

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