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Learn the Truth About Colorectal Cancer

It is estimated that nearly 150,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year and more than 50,000 die from the disease. The good news is that when colorectal cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent. However, only 4 out of 10 patients are diagnosed at an early stage, when the cancer is more treatable. Regular screenings are critically important.

If you don’t know the truth about colorectal cancer, it may deter you from having a screening that could ultimately save your life. Learn the facts today.

If I had colorectal cancer, I would have symptoms. True or False?

False. Many people have no symptoms of colorectal cancer, which makes it very difficult to detect at an early stage. That is why screening tests are so important. Colorectal cancer is often highly treatable if found early. Talk with your doctor to see what screening tests are right for you.

You should get screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. True or False?

True. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age. More than 90 percent of all colorectal cancers are found in people who are 50 or older. If you are at least 50 years old, get screened. If you have a history of colon cancer in your family, or any additional risk factors, talk to your health care provider about getting screened at an earlier age.

Colorectal cancer can be prevented. True or False?

True. In many cases, colorectal cancer can be prevented. Most colorectal cancers develop from polyps, which are abnormal growths in the colon. Screening tests can find polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

Eating a healthy diet is one way to reduce your risk for colorectal cancer. True or False?

True. One way to reduce your risk is to eat a healthy diet that includes at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Other ways to reduce your risk include maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, limiting alcohol consumption, and not using tobacco.