GET THE FACTS
WHAT IS COLORECTAL CANCER?
Colorectal cancer, commonly known as colon cancer, is cancer that occurs in the
colon or rectum. Colon cancer begins as a growth on the lining of the colon or
rectum called a polyp. Overtime, some polyps may develop into cancer.
. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the 3rd most
common cancer worldwide and 2nd leading
cause of cancer related death.
. Over 140,000 new cases are diagnosed and
50,000 deaths occur each year from colorectal
. The American Cancer Society recommends
that all patients ages 50 to 75 be screened for
The risk of developing colorectal cancer
increases with advancing age. More than 90% of
cases occur in people aged 50 or older. Other
risk factors include having:
. Inflammatory bowel disease.
. A personal or family history of colorectal cancer
or colorectal polyps.
. A genetic syndrome such as familial adenoma
tous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-
polyposis colorectal cancer (Lynch syndrome).
Colorectal polyps and colorectal cancer don't
always cause symptoms, especially at first. If
there are symptoms, they may include:
. blood in or on your stool
. stomach pain that doesn’t go away
. unusual weight loss
WHAT CAN YOU DO
Early detection of colorectal cancer through
screening programs is an effective way to reduce
mortality. Screening can find precancerous
polyps so they can be removed before they turn
TALK WITH YOUR PROVIDER
TODAY TO SEE IF A SCREENING
IS RIGHT FOR YOU.