Colon Cancer Awareness

Screening Saves Lives

What is colon cancer?

Cancer of the colon or rectum is called colon cancer. The colon and rectum help the body digest food. They hold waste until it passes out of the body. The best way to protect yourself from colon cancer is to get tested starting at age 45.

You have the power to protect yourself from colon cancer. If you're 45 or over, talk to your doctor about getting tested.

Am I at risk for colon cancer?

If you are 45 or older, the answer is yes! Most colon cancers occur in men and women who are 45 or older.

You have the power to stop colon cancer before it starts!

  • Colon cancer starts with a growth (polyp) that is not yet cancer.
  • Testing helps find problems or polyps early before they become cancer.
  • Testing helps find colon cancer early when it's easier to treat.
But I feel fine.

Most people with colon cancer have no symptoms. It's important to get tested even if you're feeling fine.

What if no one in my family has had colon cancer?

Most people with colon cancer have no family history of the disease. Testing is even more important if you do have a relative who has had colon cancer.

What are the tests for colon cancer?

There are several tests for colon cancer. Some tests, like colonoscopies, can find both polyps and cancer. Other tests, called stool tests, find mostly cancer. Some tests need to be done each year; others are done every ten years. Talk to your doctor about which test is right for you.

Can't I just wait for my doctor to tell me I need this test?

As you get older, you have more health concerns. Your doctor has a lot to talk to you about. If your doctor does not mention getting tested for colon cancer, don't be afraid to ask about it.