Of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. In the U.S. in 2010,* 131,607 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and 52,045 people died from it.† CDC helps prevent colorectal cancer by building partnerships, encouraging screening, supporting education and training, and conducting surveillance and research.
*Latest year for which statistics are available. †Source: USCS.
Screen for Life Campaign
In new TV and radio public service announcements, actress Meryl Streep says, "Take control. Do everything you can to prevent colorectal cancer."
Tests Save Lives
People who are able to pick the colorectal cancer screening test they prefer are more likely to get the test done.
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