Colon Cancer Awareness

The earlier we find colon cancer (also called colorectal cancer), the more likely we can beat it!  When found in the earliest stage, the five year survival rate is just over 90%.  Learn more about how you can prevent this disease in yourself and loved ones. 

The #2 Cause of Cancer Deaths in Men and Women

Risk Factors To Consider:

Other Factors To Consider:

A recent study found that maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, limiting alcohol consumption, and eating a healthy diet reduce the risk of CRC by more than one-third (37%)

People at increased risk because of family history of colon polyps/ colon cancer or because of a certain medical history may be advised to begin screening before age 50.

Screening saves lives

The goal is to remove polyps before they turn to cancer and find cancer at an early stage when treatment may be more effective.  

We can treat and beat colon cancer!

There are several screening tests for colon cancer available, but colonoscopy is the one most commonly used in the US.  It is the most comprehensive screening tool because it can find polyps and remove them at the same time.

Not all polyps turn into cancer, but cancer always begins as a polyp.  

Aside from screening, colonoscopy is also done if there are abnormal results from another screening test. There are several screening tests available.  Talk to your doctor about which one is the best choice for you.

It’s All About Prevention and Early Detection!

Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Symptoms of colon cancer include (but are not limited to):

See your healthcare professional if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

Questions to Ask Your Physician

  • When should I get screened for colon cancer?
  • Am I at a higher risk for colon cancer?
  • What are the benefits of a colonoscopy?