Colorectal cancer, or CRC, is the second deadliest cancer in the United States. Of all cancers, CRC will take the most lives of people under age 50 by 2030. If you're between ages 45 to 75 years, get screened (tested) regularly for colorectal cancer.
Other risk factors:
- You may need to get screened before age 45 years if colorectal cancer runs in your family.
- Having certain types of polyps (growths) inside the colon
- Smoking cigarettes
- Being overweight or having obesity
- Not getting enough physical activity
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Having inflammatory bowel disease, like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or other health conditions that cause chronic (long-term) problems with the small intestine and colon
Two reasons why getting checked matters:
- Screening can find the warning signs of colon and rectal cancer, letting doctors take action to prevent the disease.
- Screening can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment is most effective.
One in 24 people will be diagnosed with CRC in their lifetime, but you can make a difference today. Learn about ways to build awareness, how to get support, and more below. Tomorrow can’t wait.
Dress in Blue Day 2023 is Friday, March 3 in recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.