Colorectal Cancer Screening


Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is
the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. But it doesn’t have to be.

There is strong scientific evidence that screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50 saves lives!

Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. Cancer is always named for the part of the body where it starts, even if it spreads to other parts of the body later.

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus. Learn more here.

The CDC’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign informs men and women aged 50 years and older about the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests.

Screening tests help find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed before they have a chance to turn into cancer. This prevents colorectal cancer. Screening also can find this cancer early, when treatment is most effective. However, about one-third of adults aged 50 or older (about 22 million people)—the age group at greatest risk of developing colorectal cancer—have not been screened as recommended.

New Screen for Life PSAs use animation to encourage men and women 50+ to get screened for colorectal cancer. Titled “Community Garden,” the PSAs are available in English and Spanish.

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