In the U.S., colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women, with an estimated 145,600 people expected to be diagnosed in 2019. A person’s risk of getting colorectal cancer increases as they get older; people who are 50 years of age and older account for 90% of the cases of this type of cancer. Recently, however, colorectal cancer has been increasing among people under 50.
Colorectal cancer is highly preventable, detectable, and treatable but many people with pre-cancerous conditions or early colon or rectal cancer don’t know it. Screening tests can find pre-cancerous polyps which can be removed, preventing cancer from developing. If the test finds early colon or rectal cancer, treatment has a high success rate.
The video resources below speak to the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer. Talk to your GEFCC PCP at your next appointment about getting a colorectal cancer screening.
Jardín Comunitario (Video en español)
Colorectal Cancer Family History
Screen for Life: Meryl Streep
This is Personal
Diane Keaton: Get Screened
Jimmy Smits: The Screening