RALEIGH, N.C. –Colorectal cancer screening saves lives and it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through screening.
Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90 percent of cases occur in people aged 50 or older. Building awareness is an important part of helping to increase screening and decrease mortality rates.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., but it doesn’t have to be. It is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Nine out of 10 colon cancers could be prevented or successfully treated with regular colon cancer screenings.