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Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign

CDC’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign informs men and women aged 50 years and older about the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests.

Screening tests help find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed before they have a chance to turn into cancer. This prevents colorectal cancer. Screening also can find this cancer early, when treatment is most effective. However, about one-third of adults aged 50 or older (about 22 million people)—the age group at greatest risk of developing colorectal cancer—have not been screened as recommended.

To learn about how Screen for Life was developed, read the campaign overview. [PDF-790KB] You can also read about the campaign’s latest achievements and activities. [PDF-1.7MB]

Learn About Colorectal Cancer

Screen for Life materials in English and Spanish help men and women 50+ learn the facts about colorectal cancer screening.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives brochure

Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives brochure [PDF-4.3MB]


Read fact sheets and brochures about colorectal cancer and learn how screening could save your life.

Screen for Life Basic Facts on Screening (in Color) Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Circle of Health for Alaskans brochure Questions to Ask Your Doctor brochure Screening Tests At-a-Glance pocket brochure insert

Support, Resources, and Research

Screen for Life creates a wide variety of resources for health care providers and organizations to share with their patients and communities. All materials are science- and evidence-based. The campaign’s research team has conducted many studies, published several journal articles, and presented findings at scientific conferences.

Share Your Story!

If you were screened for colorectal cancer, please consider sharing why you were tested and how the experience was for you. Send a note to CDC-INFO and we’ll get in touch with you. See other screening stories.

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