What is colorectal cancer?
Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, is the third leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S. Recommended screening starting at age 50 can help detect colon cancer in its early stages. Your healthcare provider may recommend screening at an earlier age if you have a family history of colon cancer or family members with polyps. Early detection of colon cancer can greatly increase survival rates if the screened patient finds the cancer in its early local stage. If you are over the age of 50, please talk to your healthcare provider about getting screened.