PATIENT INFORMATION - WHY SHOULD I BE SCREENED?

  • Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon and rectum.
  • An estimated 148,810 people were diagnosed in 2008 and an estimated 49,960 people will die from the disease.
  • Colorectal cancer is the #2 cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.
  • Regular screenings can often find colon cancer early, when it's most likely to be prevented.
  • Both men and women are at risk.
  • 93% of cases occur in people age 50 and older.
  • Symptoms usually appear only with more advanced disease.
  • An average risk person should be screened at age 50.
  • You may be at a higher risk if you have a family history of colorectal cancer.
  • Screening exams save lives.
  • Colorectal cancer almost always develops from pre cancerous polyps. Screening exams can find and remove polyps before they turn into cancer.

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