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