Preventing Colorectal Cancer

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If everyone aged 50 years old or older were screened regularly, 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided.

It's Common

Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in Mississippi men, and the third-leading cause in women.

It's Preventable

Colorectal typically develops from polyps that can be detected by screening before they become cancerous. This makes colorectal cancer one of the most preventable of all cancers.

More than 90% of colorectal cancer cases occur in people age 45 or older.

Mississippi led the nation in the rate of colorectal cancer deaths in 2020.

Reduce Your Risk

Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers.

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 45.

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

Who Should Be Screened?

Everyone should be screened for colorectal cancer soon after turning 45. You may need to be tested earlier or more often if:

  • You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer; or
  • You have inflammatory bowel disease.

Talk to your doctor about colorectal cancer screening and your risk.

More Information

Last reviewed on Jun 20, 2023 request edits
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