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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, but it doesn't have to be. Screening can find precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.

If you are 50 years old or older, get screened now. If you think you may be at higher than average risk for colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor about getting screened early.

CDC's Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign informs men and women aged 50 years and older about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer regularly.

CDC's Colorectal Cancer Control Program supports population-based screening efforts in 25 states and 4 tribes.

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On March 17, CDC joined dozens of groups at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to launch an effort to increase the nation's colorectal cancer screening rate to 80% by 2018. The event was organized by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, cofounded by the American Cancer Society and CDC. Watch the event


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