Ten years ago, Congress passed the first resolution designating March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Since then, we have made progress in curbing this deadly disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, incidences and mortality rates have dropped approximately three percent. But colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with this painful disease and more than 50,000 die from it. The high mortality rates are particularly disturbing because when caught early, colorectal cancer has a 90 percent survival rate.