Colon Cancer is 90% preventable. Yet, Americans are dying at alarming rates from undetected or late-stage colon cancer because not enough people are getting screened. Colon cancer is the nation’s 2nd deadliest form of cancer, with nearly 55,000 U.S. deaths annually. The risk of a person having colorectal cancer in their lifetime is about 1 in 19.
Colon cancer indiscriminately affects people regardless of race, sex, economic status or family history. There are often no symptoms and almost 75% of cases have no prior family history. You may think that you are cancer free if you don’t have any symptoms or a family history, but that assumption may be putting your life at risk.
Getting screened is the first step.