If everyone aged 50 years old or older were screened regularly, 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided.
- Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in U.S. men, and the third-leading cause in women.
- More than 90% of colorectal cancer cases occur in people age 50 or older.
At age 54, Verbia Harden of Jackson, MS knew she was overdue for her first colorectal cancer screening. She acted just in time, getting screened and detecting her cancer before it became inoperable.
Don't wait. Healthy adults should be screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 – acting in time can save your life.
Reduce Your Risk
Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers since it typically develops from polyps that can be detected and removed before they become cancerous.
- Screening can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best. The most effective way to reduce your risk is by having regular colorectal cancer screenings beginning at age 50.
- Increase your physical activity and maintain a healthy weight. Both of these may decrease your risk for colorectal cancer.
- Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A healthy diet can reduce your risk of colon cancer as well as other cancers, and works to improve your overall health. More about a healthy eating plan »