Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives
- Of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States.
- In 2006 (the most recent year for which statistics are currently available), 53,196 people (26,801 men and 26,395 women) in the United States died of colorectal cancer.
- Colorectal cancer also is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. In 2006, 139,127 people in the U.S. (70,270 men and 68,857 women) were diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
- Screening is recommended for men and women beginning at age 50.
- Colorectal cancer often can be prevented. Screening helps find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.
- Screening helps find colorectal cancer early, when treatment can be most effective.
- You may be at increased risk for colorectal cancer if you or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer, if you have inflammatory bowel disease or if you have certain genetic syndromes. If you think you are at increased risk, ask your doctor at what age and how often you should be screened.
Centers for Disease Control. (2010). "Colorectal cancer statistics"
Centers for Disease Control. (2009). "Fast Facts Brochure"