Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. It’s as common in women as it is in men. This year, over 136,830 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and an estimated 50,310 will die of the disease. With certain types of screening, this cancer can be prevented by removing polyps (grape-like growths on the wall of the intestine) before they become cancerous. Several screening tests detect colorectal cancer early, when it can be more easily and successfully treated.

Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors

•People age 50 and older

•People who smoke

•People who are overweight or obese, especially those who carry fat around their waists

•People who aren’t physically active

•People who drink alcohol in excess, especially men

•People who eat a lot of red meat (such as beef, pork or lamb) or processed meat (such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs or cold cuts)

•People with personal or family histories of colorectal cancer or benign (not cancerous) colorectal polyps

•People with personal histories of inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)

•People with family histories of inherited colorectal cancer or inherited colorectal problems

Colorectal Cancer Prevention & Early Detection


Although a leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, if detected early, colorectal cancer can be more easily and successfully treated.


Colorectal Cancer Prevention

•Be physically active for at least 30 minutes, at least five days a week.

•Maintain a healthy weight.

•Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, quit.

•If you drink alcohol, have no more than one drink a day if you’re a woman or two drinks a day if you’re a man.

•Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains to help you get and stay healthy.

•Eat less red meat and cut out processed meat.

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