Get Screened Early

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. and the third leading cause of cancer death. But it can be prevented.

Screening tests can find polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. There is more than one kind of test.

Starting regular screenings at age 45 are the best way to catch cancerous growths early.

Schedule your screening today with your healthcare provider. If you don’t have a provider, call 503-988-5558 to enroll as a new patient with Multnomah County.

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.

Risk Factors

Some people are more likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, including:

  • Adults ages 50 and older
  • Men
  • Black/African Americans

Talk to your doctor about which screening test is right for you, and when to start based on your risk. Cancer statistics by age, sex, race and ethnicity»

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