Colorectal Cancer


Colorectal Cancer and Screening

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it is possible to prevent it!

Colorectal cancer occurs in the colon or rectum. It is also often called colon cancer. Colorectal cancer occurs in both men and women of all racial and ethnic groups. It is most common in those 50 years of age and older.


Colorectal cancer and pre-cancerous polyps do not always cause symptoms, especially early on. Some symptoms that may occur are:

  • Blood in or on stool
  • Stomach pains or cramps
  • Unexplained weight loss

Once these symptoms are experienced, the cancer may have progressed to a later stage. This is why screening tests are so important.


Colonoscopies are the most common screening tests for colorectal cancer. They are not, however, the only tests available. Which test you choose and when and how often to be screened depends on many factors including:

  • Age
  • Family history or predisposition for colorectal cancer
  • Personal health history

Screening tests can find pre-cancerous polyps and remove them before they turn into cancer!

For more information on colorectal cancer screening tests and guidelines, click here.

For more information, visit or call CCHD at 454-6950.

    You can also contact one of our Cancer Control Program staff directly:
    Lauren Eisenbarth
    Penny Paul


Get in Gear. Get Screened.

Click on any of the links below to view our printable fact sheets and learn more about the following topics.

Taking Control of Your Health            Colorectal Cancer Screening

Skin Cancer Screening                          Prostate Cancer Screening

Cervical Cancer Screening                   Breast Cancer Screening



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