According to the American Cancer Society, when people like you and your family members get regular screening for colorectal cancer, it has a huge impact:
- Colorectal cancer incidence has been decreasing since the 1980s1
- The reasons? More people have made lifestyle changes (for example, stopping smoking), and more people 45 years of age and over recognize the importance of regular screening1,2
- Deaths due to colorectal cancer also have been decreasing1
- The reasons? Improvements in early detection and treatment, as well as the lower incidence1
Rates of death from colorectal cancer have been nearly cut in half1
Making Healthy Decisions Can Help!
In addition to regular screening, you may be able to help reduce your risk for colorectal cancer by1,3:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Limiting intake of red meat and processed meats
- Eating a variety of vegetables and fruits
- Choosing whole grains over processed grains
- Getting regular exercise
- Staying at a healthy weight
- Limiting alcohol
- Avoiding or quitting smoking
- Cancer Facts & Figures 2016. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; 2016. American Cancer Society Pub. No. 500816. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@research/documents/document/acspc-047079.pdf. Accessed January 24, 2017.
- Wolf AM, Fontham ET, Church TR, et al. Colorectal cancer screening for average-risk adults: 2018 guideline update from the American Cancer Society [published online ahead of print May 29, 2018]. CA Cancer J Clin. 2018. doi: 10.3322/caac.21457.
- Colorectal cancer risk factors. American Cancer Society website. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/early-detection/risk-factors-for-crc.html. Accessed January 23, 2017.