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Preventing Colorectal Cancer

If everyone aged 50 years old or older were screened regularly, 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided.

  • Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
  • More than 90% of colorectal cancer cases occur in people age 50 or older.

Personal Story

At age 54, Verbia Harden of Jackson, MS knew she was overdue for her first colorectal cancer screening. She acted just in time, getting screened and detecting her cancer before it became inoperable.

Don't wait. Healthy adults should be screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 – acting in time can save your life.

Reduce Your Risk

Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers since it typically develops from polyps that can be detected and removed before they become cancerous.

  • Screening can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best. The most effective way to reduce your risk is by having regular colorectal cancer screenings beginning at age 50.
  • Increase your physical activity and maintain a healthy weight. Both of these may decrease your risk for colorectal cancer.
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A healthy diet can reduce your risk of colon cancer as well as other cancers, and works to improve your overall health. More about a healthy eating plan »

More Information

Last reviewed on Mar 24, 2014
Mississippi State Department of Health 570 East Woodrow Wilson Dr Jackson, MS 39216 866-HLTHY4U web@HealthyMS.com
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