Colon cancer and rectal cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is preventable with regular screening in average-risk adults 45 and over. This year, 50,000 people will die from colorectal cancer. An estimated 60% of those deaths can be prevented with screening.
Knowing the symptoms of colorectal cancer is important in early detection. Certain choices like what you eat and drink, or if you choose to smoke, can put you at a higher risk for colorectal cancer. There are also some health conditions that may increase your risk. To prevent colorectal cancer or catch it early (when it’s easier to treat), regular screenings are important.
There are several screening options for colorectal cancer, including some you can even do at home. Talk to your doctor about your options and decide which screening plan is right for you.