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Prevention & Screening

Why should I get screened for colorectal cancer?

  • 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.

Do your part and protect your health. Get screened routinely and help us make this disease "preventable, treatable, and beatable".