Mississippi State Department of Health

Preventing Colorectal Cancer


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

Mississippi Stories

I am Russell Dykes from Hattiesburg and I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in December 2018. I underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment January through February 2019, had a tumor removed in April 2019, and had to use a temporary ostomy bag. I have been cancer-free for almost three years, and I encourage everyone 45 and older to get a colonoscopy. It could save your life — it did mine.

Nisheka Claiborne of Byram was only 26 when she was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer that had spread to her liver. She passed away at age 30, leaving three children under 12 behind. Her aunt, Catherine Young, is the Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program at the Mississippi State Department of Health. "Nisheka would have celebrated her 31st birthday this month. I want to keep other Mississippi families from the pain my family is feeling. Please get screened for colorectal cancer."

African Americans have a higher incidence of colorectal cancer, are more likely to develop this cancer at younger ages, and are more likely to die of it. Educate yourself and your family, know your risk, and be your own health advocate.

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.

Who Should Be Screened?

Everyone should be screened for colorectal cancer soon after turning 45. You may need to be tested earlier or more often if:

  • You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer; or
  • You have inflammatory bowel disease.

Talk to your doctor about colorectal cancer screening and your risk.

More Information

Links referenced
More about a healthy eating plan    http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801
Find out more about colorectal cancer symptoms, risk and prevention    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,311,html
More about screening from the CDC    https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/tests.htm
Pruebas de detección de cáncer colorrectal    https://www.cdc.gov/spanish/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/tests.htm

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