Colorectal Cancer Statistics | Did You Know?

Colorectal Cancer Statistics | Did You Know?


[Music] Did you know that colorectal
cancer is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed
in the United States? Colorectal cancer is the
combined name for cancer that begins in the
colon or the rectum, both part of the
large intestine. Abnormal growths in the
large intestine, called polyps, become more common with age. While most polyps
are not cancerous… certain types can develop
into colorectal cancer. Screening allows polyps to
be found and removed before cancer develops, or cancer to
be detected at an early stage, when it’s easier to treat. In the last 35 years, new
diagnoses of colorectal cancer have decreased by
30% according to the National Cancer
Institute’s SEER program. When you look at the data
for men and women separately, you can see that men
continue to have higher rates of colorectal
cancer than women… Researchers believe that most
of the decline in colorectal cancer is due to increased
awareness and screening. Colorectal cancer is
curable when detected early. Small steps like making
a screening appointment can help reduce your risk. Check your status and
reduce your risk for cancer. If you have a family history
of colorectal cancer, or are age 50 or above, talk with your doctor
about screening. For more on colorectal
cancer, visit www.cancer.gov/colon For more on your
screening choices, visit gutcheck.cancer.gov For more cancer
statistics, go to www.seer.cancer.gov

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