Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. and the second leading cause of cancer death. But it can be prevented.
An easy once-a-year test can add years to your life. It can help prevent colon cancer or find it early when treatment can lead to a cure.
Regular screenings starting at age 45 are the best way to catch cancerous growths early.
Talk to your doctor about when screening is right for you.
What Is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. It's sometimes called colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where it starts.
Most colorectal cancer starts as a growth in the lining of the colon or rectum. These growths are called polyps. Over time, some types of polyps can turn into cancer. Not all polyps become cancer.
Screening tests can find polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. There is more than one kind of test.