Harry Connick, Jr. raises colon cancer awareness

My latest for Healthline: I had the chance to interview multi-hyphenate talent Harry Connick Jr to discuss colon cancer awareness. Harry and his wife Jill have been serving as the faces of "The New 50," a public awareness campaign from Cologuard.

Raising awareness is important -- colorectal cancer, or cancer that starts in either the colon or rectum, affects a wide spectrum of the population. It hits both women and men of all ethnic backgrounds across the United States.

The second leading cancer killer in the country, colorectal cancer is often found in people who are 50 or older.

In 2015, there were 140,788 new cases of reported colorectal cancer in the United States. It resulted in 52,396 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition to chatting with Harry, I spoke with Dr. Smitha Krishnamurthi, a hematologist and medical oncologist at Cleveland Clinic and Michael Sapienza, CEO of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance about what you should look out for and why early detection and screening is crucial.

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Photo: Cologuard

Photo: Cologuard