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The Facts About Colorectal Cancer

  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer.
  • Both men and women get colorectal cancer.
  • Colorectal cancer often starts without any symptoms.
  • You can STOP this cancer before it starts.
  • Testing for colorectal cancer can save your life.
Screening can detect precancerous polyps so that they can be removed BEFORE they turn into colorectal cancer.

If you are 50 or older, talk to your doctor and GET SCREENED!

What You Need to Know

  • Early detection saves lives.
  • Colorectal cancer is preventable, even curable when detected early.
  • If colorectal cancer is found early enough, the patient has more than a 90 percent chance of survival.
  • Colorectal cancer screenings are safe and effective and are now covered by Medicare and an increasing number of other health providers.
  • Several screening methods can be used to detect polyps before they become cancerous, such as fecal occult blood test, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and barium x-ray. These tests also can detect cancer in its early stages.

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