• Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.

• Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the U.S.

• Colorectal cancer is sometimes symptomless, but symptoms can include:

    • A change in bowel habits

    • Blood in the stool

     • Abdominal pain

    • Unexplained weight loss

• 50,000 Americans die from colorectal cancer every year

• 1 in 23 people will develop colorectal cancer

• 71 percent of cases occur in the colon, 29 percent in the rectum

• It affects men and women of all racial and ethnic backgrounds

• It happens most in people over the age of 50, but cases

• The median age of diagnosis is 72 for women and 68 for men.

• If colorectal cancer is caught before it spreads, five-year survival rates are 90 percent

 

While no one loves getting a colonoscopy, its importance can’t be overstated. “A colonoscopy is one day that can save the rest of your life and it certainly beats having surgery or chemotherapy,” Dr. Chan says. Certainly the old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies to colonoscopy.

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