Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.
The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened.
To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Family Care Network regularly talks to patients about when to take screening tests, and which type of test to take.
The next time your health care team talks to you about colorectal cancer screening, take note! With regular screening, colon cancer can be found early, when treatment is most effective. In many cases, screening can prevent colon cancer by finding and removing polyps before they become cancer.
For more information on screening, visit the Colorectal Cancer Awareness website: https://www.ccalliance.org/get-screened/.