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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.

Clinic Tools

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

Recommendations about preventive colorectal services delivered in primary care settings.

flu-FIT & flu-FOBT Program Models

Innovative Programs to Provide CRC Screening during Annual Influenza Vaccination Campaigns.

American Cancer Society's Colon MD

Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual for Community Health Centers (PDF, 7.6MB)

This manual provides step-by-step instructions to help community health centers implement processes that will reduce physician workload and increase colorectal cancer screening. Important topics, such as conducting baseline-screening rates, assessing capacity and preparing your team are covered. The goal of this manual is to offer practical advice for implementing expert-endorsed recommendations one step at a time.

Guidelines for CRC Screening and Follow-up Care

 United States Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations for CRC Screening USPSTF Recommendations

National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable FOBT Clinician's Reference

Increasing Screening Rates

What Works to Promote Health The Guide to Community Preventive Services

A Primary Care Clinician's Evidenced-Based Toolbox and Guide (original version ) How to Increase CRC Screening Rates in Practice

​Patient Education Materials

Screen For Life Print Materials

Educational materials in English and Spanish for patients and health professionals. Print materials including fact sheets, brochures, and posters, can be viewed, printed, and ordered online.

My Family Health Portrait

Surgeon General's Office

Asian Pacific Islander Cancer Education Materials Tool

American Cancer Society

AANCART Education Materials

Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training search tool to find cancer information in Asian or Pacific Islander languages.

More Resources

American Cancer Society

Information for Health Care Professionals

California Smoker's Helpline

Tobacco cessation information for health care providers

National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

Information about provider education, health policy, and health disparities.

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