COLORECTAL
CANCER —
TREATABLE,
BEATABLE,  
WITH EARLY
DIAGNOSIS.

Despite evidence that screening reduces colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality, 40% of age-eligible adults are not up to date on CRC screenings.1

What You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer

  • Most colorectal cancers start as a growth on the inner lining of the colon or rectum, called  a polyp. Not all polyps are cancerous, but some can develop into cancer.2

  • CRC is a leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.3

  • CRC affects everyone. However, African Americans have an increased risk of colorectal cancer and death from CRC as compared to other races.4

Younger People Are At Risk Too

  • In the US, approximately 10% of colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in individuals under age 50.5

  • Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates are increasing in the young-onset population.6

  • Screening is recommended to start earlier than age 50 in those with a family history of colorectal cancer, colorectal polyps, or certain genetic syndromes.6

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KNOW the colorectal cancerrisk factors and symptoms

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HEALTH
Obesity and inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis

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FAMILY
A history of colorectal cancer, colorectal polyps, or certain genetic syndromes

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SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE*
Rectal bleeding, Cramping or abdominal pain, Weakness or fatigue, Unintended weight loss

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AGE
More than 90% of cases are people older than 501

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LIFESTYLE
Poor diet, alcohol consumption, smoking, and a lack of physical activity

The Impact of Covid-19 — CRC Screenings Decrease Significantly

Be part of the solution. Act now and talk to your doctor about getting a screening.

One screening method, a colonoscopy, allows for early detection and immediate removal of pre-cancerous colorectal polyps.

  • Post Covid-19, colorectal screening has decreased by 86%7
  • If decreased screenings continue through early June 2021, 19,000 CRC cases will remain undiagnosed.7
  • These undiagnosed cases are estimated to lead to 4,000 deaths from CRC nationally.8,9
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1

Muthukrishnan M, Arnold LD, James AS. Patients’ self-reported barriers to colon cancer screening in federally qualified health center settings. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2019;15.

2

Patel K, Li K, Tao K, et al. A comparative study on polyp classification using convolutional neural networks. PLoS ONE. 2020;15(7):1.

3

Siegel RL, Miller KD, Jemal A. Cancer statistics 2018. CA Cancer J Clin 2018;68:7–30.

4

DeSantis CE, Siegel RL, Sauer AG, et al. Cancer statistics for African Americans, 2016: Progress and opportunities in reducing racial disparities. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 2016;66(4):290.

5

Key statistics for colorectal cancer American Cancer Society website: www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/about/key-statistics.html

6

Gausman V, Dornblaser D, Anand S, et al. Risk Factors Associated With Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2020;18(12):2752-2759.

7

Preventative cancer screenings during COVID-19 pandemic. Epic Health Research Network. https://www.ehrn.org/wp-content/uploads/Preventative-Cancer-Screenings-during-COVID-19-Pandemic. Published May 1, 2020. Accessed December 2020.

8

 Sharpless NE. COVID-19 and cancer. Science 2020; 338 (6497):1290

9

Patel, S., Issaka, R., Chen, E. et al. Colorectal cancer screening and COVID-19. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2020. 10.14309/ajg.0000000000000970 

10

Repici A, Badalamenti M, Maselli R, et al. Efficacy of real-time computer-aided detection  of colorectal neoplasia in a randomized trial. Gastroenterology. 2020; 159:512–520.e7.

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