Prevention & Screening
Why should I get screened for colorectal cancer?
Do your part and protect your health. Get screened routinely and help us make this disease "preventable, treatable, and beatable".
- Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer and second most common cause of death from cancer in California.
- In most cases colorectal cancer develops slowly from a adenomatous polyp (a non-cancerous growth in the colon or rectum), a process which can take up to 10 years.
- Cancers when discovered early can be cured.
- The number of cases of colorectal cancer in California can be reduced if people get timely screening tests to check for early cancer and pre-cancerous polyps.
- Prevention of colorectal cancer or detection of cancer while in its early stages can happen if patients follow doctors' recommendations on being screened for the disease on a regular basis.
- Review the State of California Resolution that proclaimed March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The resolution is an excellent summary of why screening for colon cancer is so important.