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Colon Cancer Star

Introduced on April 1, 2004 by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), the Blue Star symbol represents the fight against colorectal cancer.

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What is Colorectal Cancer?

diagram_learn-moreColorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.

It’s the Second Leading Cancer Killer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. If everyone aged 50 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. So if you are 50 or older, start getting screened now.

Who Gets Colorectal Cancer?

  • Both men and women can get it.
  • It is most often found in people 50 or older.
  • The risk increases with age.
Centers for Disease Control. (2009). Basic Fact Sheet
 
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