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Colorectal Cancer Screening

Data source: and; Retrieved March 4, 2019


What is Colorectal Cancer?

  • Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum.


Why is Screening for Colorectal Cancer Important?

  • Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.
  • Colorectal cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the United States.
  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
  • Every year, more than 140,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, a highly preventable disease and more than 50,200 will die from it.


The good news:

  • Early detection can help save lives:

CDC Screen for Life Campaign (English version): (Jimmy Smits) (Terrence Howard)


CDC Screen for Life Campaign (Spanish version): (Jimmy Smits)


Screening saves lives because it can help catch cancer early, when it’s easier to treat.

  • If everyone age 50 and older got regular screenings, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.


The Bad News:

  • Nearly one-third of adults aged 50 to 75 aren't getting screened as recommended


What can you do as a patient?


  • Maintain a healthy weight and waist size.
  • Get physical activity – exercise may help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Eat healthy - rat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which are good sources of fiber and eat less red meat and cut out processed meat
  • Limit alcohol to no more than one drink per day if you’re a woman or two drinks per day if you’re a man.
  • Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, aim to quit

Smoking can put you at risk for many diseases, including colorectal Cancer