Colorectal Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Saves Lives

colorectal screening infographicGet the facts, risk factors and screening options.

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The risk for colorectal cancer is real for both men and women.

Colon cancer is preventable and treatable.

Understanding your risk for colon cancer is the best way to prevent it, and early detection is the best way to treat it.

Current guidelines recommend that most adults begin their colorectal cancer screenings at age 50. Those under age 50 with other risk factors and symptoms should talk with their doctor.

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Shared Goal: Reaching 80% Screened for Colorectal Cancer

80% in Every Community is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) initiative that continues the progress and commitment from 80% by 2018, and reemphasizes our dedication to partnership, collective action, and the pooling of resources to reach 80% colorectal cancer screening rates nationally. We are working toward the shared efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in every community.

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Colorectal cancer, sometimes called colon and rectal cancers, often begins as a growth called a polyp. A polyp is a growth of abnormal cells that may form on the inner wall of the colon or rectum. Some polyps become cancer over time.  Finding and removing polyps can prevent colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States are more than 145,000 adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. It is expected to cause about 53,200 deaths during 2020. However, colorectal cancer can be detected early at a curable stage, and it can be prevented through the detection and removal of precancerous polyps. (Content from The American Cancer Society)

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Know your risk

Are you 50 or older?

Are you at high risk for colon cancer?

Ask your doctor about a screening today

Everyone is at some risk for developing cancer of the colon or rectum, collectively known as colorectal cancer. And everyone can take steps to reduce his or her risk. In fact, about 90 percent of colorectal cancers may be preventable.

In the United States, the average lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 5 percent, or one in 20. You may be at higher risk if one or more of the following factors apply to you:

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Screenings and facts

Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests: What’s right for you?

Talk to your doctor about the best screening method for you.

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Providence Medical Group FIT:

Providence Medical Group patients can have a Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kit mailed to their home with a postage-paid return envelope. Ask your doctor for details.



Four steps you can take to prevent colon cancer

One of the things that makes cancer so frightening is that its causes are so often unknown or out of our control. With colorectal cancer, though, much is within our control. By some estimates, this form of cancer is 90 percent preventable.

So why is it still the second-leading cause of cancer deaths? One reason could be that people just aren't aware that there are steps they can take to prevent it. Let's change that.

The scientific evidence points to four actions you can take that will greatly reduce your risk of developing this deadly cancer:

  • Take 30 minutes a day to exercise. 
  • Take a closer look at what you eat. 
  • Take another shot at quitting smoking. 
  • Take your doctor's advice about screenings.

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Which screening is right for you?

Elizabeth O’Neill, M.D., from Providence Medical Group-Gateway, explains the difference between a colonoscopy and a FIT test. Any screening is better than no screening. Talk to your doctor about which one is right for you.


Need a colonoscopy?

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A survivor's story

For years, Doug Dallmann had experienced symptoms of colorectal cancer, but if wasn't until he came to Providence Cancer Institute that he was diagnosed. See how Doug battled this disease and was able to educate others to get screened. 

From the experts

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. Because colorectal cancer has no early warning signs, screening is essential. Learn more here.


Myth busting colonoscopy

From the prep to the probing, the colonoscopy has a mythology all its own. Here’s why it’s not so bad.