Get the Facts
Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer also is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90% of cases occur in people aged 50 or older.
Who Should Be Screened
If everyone aged 50 years and older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. Talk to your doctor about which test or tests are right for you.