Every year, there are more than 142,000 NEW cases and more than 52,000 deaths of colorectal cancer in the United States. Some Facts on Colorectal Cancer
- Colorectal cancer is the #2 leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the U.S.
- Colorectal cancer accounts for nearly 10% of cancer deaths in the U.S.
- 1 in 3 adults age 50-75 are NOT up-to-date with recommended colorectal cancer screening.
- The median age at diagnosis is 69 years old.
- 1 in 20 (around 5%) men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime.
- African Americans are more likely to develop colorectal cancer. Screening rates are lower than average in this group so they are more likely to be diagnosed after the cancer has spread to other organs.
- Each year, colorectal cancer treatment costs the U.S. $8.4 billion.
The Good News
In January 2013, the American Cancer Society reported a 30% decrease in the mortality rate for colorectal cancer. They attribute the decrease in mortality to the increase in screening rates.
Colon cancer and rectal cancer can be prevented. Through screening and a follow-up visit with your physician, a normal (benign) polyp called an adenoma can be removed before it becomes cancerous. Screening can detect colorectal cancer early — when it is most curable. All adults (men AND women) over the age of 50 are at risk for colorectal cancer and should be screened for adenomatous polyps and cancer. Some with higher risk should work with a doctor to develop an individualized screening plan.
Visit any of the Adams Drugs locations in the River Region during the month of March and pick up your colorectal screening kit. Supplies are limited so pick yours up TODAY!