Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Basic Information
Statistics
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Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women in the United States. The Data Visualizations Tool provides detailed statistics.

Screen for Life
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CDC’s Screen for Life campaign informs men and women who are 50 years old and older about the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests.

Community Garden

This animated public service announcement counters myths and excuses people use to avoid getting screened for colorectal cancer.

Featured Resources
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CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program helps states and tribes increase colorectal cancer screening rates.

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People who had colorectal cancer screening tests describe why they did it and what it was like.

Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Optimizing Quality

Continuing education courses guide clinicians on the optimal ways to implement colorectal cancer screening.

CDC works with partners to reduce the burden of colorectal cancer in the United States. Learn what CDC is doing.

Page last reviewed: February 1, 2019