Colon Cancer Awareness

Colorectal cancer, or CRC, is a disease of the colon or rectum, which are parts of the digestive system. Unlike most cancers, colorectal cancer is often preventable with screening and highly treatable when detected early.

Most cases of colorectal cancer occur in people ages 45 and older, but the disease is increasingly affecting younger people. Each year, about 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with this disease and more than 50,000 die.

Learn more about early detection and how you can order a screening kit from Brighter Beginnings below.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and in support of more awareness Brighter Beginnings promotes access to information, screening and care focused on healthy living, early detection, risks and symptoms.

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Preventable and Treatable

Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Colorectal cancer is often preventable with screening and highly treatable when detected early.

Man and woman 45 years old

Are You at Risk for Colon Cancer?

Depending on your age and family history, you could be at risk for developing this disease. If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, talk to your healthcare provider about getting screened for colorectal cancer even if you don’t have symptoms.

  • Are you 45 or older in age?
  • Has a parent, sibling or child of yours had colorectal cancer?
  • Has a parent, sibling or child of yours had colon polyps?
  • Do you have a chronic inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease?

Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines


All men and women, even without a family history of cancer, should begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45.

Colon Cancer Risk Factors

Colon Cancer Risk Factors

Some risk factors, like age or family history, can’t be changed. Colorectal cancer risk factors that a person can change are:

  • Get Screened
  • Eat a Healthy Diet
  • Exercise
  • Manage Your Weight
  • Stop Smoking
  • Limit Alcohol Use

Don’t wait…get your FREE screening kit today!

To order a kit, make an appointment by:

Contacting us by phone

Patient Portal or Healow App

Drop in to one of our clinics

For more information on Colorectal Cancer and Brighter Beginning services, call:

Family Health Clinic – Richmond

(510) 236-6990

Family Health Clinic – Lone Tree

(925) 303-4780

Toll Free

1(877) 427-7134

To refer a family member or friend for any of Brighter Beginnings’ programs, fill out our Referral Form and fax it to the appropriate center.