Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
Colorectal Cancer Early Detection
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 increased risk for colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor about when to begin screening. Ask which test is right for you, and how often to get tested.
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.
CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program helps states and tribes across the United States increase colorectal cancer screening rates among men and women aged 50 years and older.
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Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If you’re 50 years old or older, get screened!
CDC’s Latest Research
- Multilevel small-area estimation of colorectal cancer screening in the United States
- Cost of tobacco-related cancer hospitalizations in the U.S., 2014
- Rectal cancer survival in the United States by race and stage, 2001 to 2009: findings from the CONCORD-2 study.
- Colon cancer survival in the United States by race and stage (2001–2009): findings from the CONCORD-2 study
This video discusses who should get screened at what age, how screening helps prevent colorectal cancer, and important information about screening test options.