Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women combined. But we’re here to let you know that this is absolutely preventable!
Routine screenings can prevent colorectal cancer. There are several screening options, including some you can even do at home. It’s best to talk to your doctor about your options and decide which screening plan is right for you.
Prevent Colorectal Cancer
This year, 50,000 people will die from colorectal cancer. An estimated 60% of those deaths can be prevented with screenings. To learn more about the number of people diagnosed each year and whether that number is increasing, check out the facts and stats about colorectal cancer.
To prevent colorectal cancer, screenings are absolutely necessary. Colonoscopies allow doctors to proactively remove growths in the colon and rectum before they can become cancerous. Other tests can be done at home, and a doctor will follow-up with you if more tests are needed based on your results. See what screening options are available and work with your doctor to choose the right one for you.
Learn the Signs and Symptoms
Not all cases of colorectal cancer have signs and symptoms, but there are common issues that may appear to let you know something is wrong. Learn the signs and symptoms (that can appear at any age) and take note of what you’re experiencing so you can disclose that information to your doctor.
Know Your Risks
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’s 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 essential. See what decisions or conditions might increase your risk.
Follow Your Family History
Does colorectal cancer run in your family? It’s important to know this information, talk to your family and understand your genetic risk. We have tools to help you have those conversations and track your family’s health history.