Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer is 90% Preventable With Early Detection

Colorectal cancer screenings save lives. If everyone who is 50 years old or older were screened regularly, approximately 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided.

Every year, over 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Simply stated, 1 in 20 people will get colorectal cancer.

Facts:
  • Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US.
  • Colorectal cancer is 90% preventable with early detection
  • Illinois is the 7th lowest-ranking state for colorectal screenings
  • African Americans have the highest rates of colorectal cancer along with the highest mortality rate of all racial groups in the US.

Are You at Risk?

There are also additional risks factors including:

  • The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. More than 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older.
  • Ethnicity, colon cancer is more prevalent in African Americans
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Personal history of colorectal polyps or cancer
  • Family history of colorectal polyps or cancer
  • Inherited syndromes
  • Type II diabetes
  • Lifestyle-related factors such as (diet, weight and exercise)

How Can You Reduce Your Risk?

Take Action: Colorectal cancer is 90% preventable with early detection. Screenings can save lives.
Here’s how:
  • Colorectal cancer screening tests can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented.
  • Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment often leads to a cure.

Colorectal cancer screenings save lives, but many people are not being screened according to national guidelines.

When Should You Begin Getting Screened?

If you’re 50 years of age or older, it’s time to get that first screening test, then keep getting screened regularly—as determined by your doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?

Detecting & Diagnosing
Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That’s why having a screening test is so important.