Colorectal Cancer Facts

Let’s Get Behind a Cure for Colorectal Cancer!

And more people should… Colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of cancer in men and women, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. for men and women.

Did You Know?

  • Colorectal Cancer is estimated to cause over 53,000 deaths in 2024 in the U.S. 
  • 45 is the new 50! GET SCREENED.
  • 1 in 5 colorectal cases occur in people under 50
  • Young-onset colorectal cancer are rising 1.5% every year
  • Screening should begin at the age of 45 for people at average risk
  • The most common symptom of colorectal cancer is no symptoms
  • When screening finds colorectal cancer early, survival rates are as high as 90%
  • African Americans are at a higher risk for colorectal cancer
  • Pre-existing conditions that increase risk of colorectal cancer include type 2 diabetes, obesity, inherited syndromes including Lynch, and inflammatory bowel disease

Tips for a Healthier Colon

  • Eat fiber (fruits and veggies)
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Drink low-fat or fat free milk
  • Eat lean proteins (chicken and turkey) instead of processed meats (lunch meat, hotdogs)
  • Reduce excess sugar and fried foods
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Don’t smoke
  • Exercise regularly
  • Monitor bathroom habits for any changes

Call G.I. Gina at 386.425.BLUE for questions.