Colorectal Cancer Screening Resources for Clinicians
Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives
Colorectal cancer (CRC) —cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. In 2009, 51,848 people in the United States died of colorectal cancer (26,806 men and 25,042 women).
CRC screening can find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) so that they can be removed before turning into cancer. CRC screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure. About nine out of every 10 people whose colorectal cancer is found early and treated are still alive five years later. If everyone aged 50 or older had regular screening tests and all precancerous polyps were removed, the majority of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.
You are the Key
A recommendation from a clinician or other health care providers is the number one factor that influences a patient's decision to get CRC screening. We hope that the resources provided below can help your patients and your practice by identifying and screening more patients.
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