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Colon Cancer 

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.

Sixty percent of deaths from colorectal cancer can be prevented if everyone aged 50 or older had regular screening tests. Colonoscopies are the most accurate tests to detect and remove polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) in a single procedure. Colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps don't usually have symptoms, that is why it is so important to get screened.

Risk Factors

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps
  • Some genetic syndromes

Lifestyle Factors

  • Lack of regular physical activity
  • Low fruit/vegetable intake
  • Low fiber/high fat diet
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Tobacco use

Related Resources

Colon Cancer (Mayo Clinic)
Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign