Who We Are
For the past decade and a half, we at Colon Screening for Life along with our many other community sponsors have worked to increase the number of survivors by continuing to educate people on the importance of early detection and the prevention of colon cancer by regular screenings with events like the Colon Screening for Life 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk.
What is Colorectal Cancer?
Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2022 are:
• 106,180 new cases of colon cancer
• 44,850 new cases of rectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is a disease in which cells in the colon or rectum grow out of control. Sometimes it is called colon cancer, for short. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.
Sometimes abnormal growths, called polyps, form in the colon or rectum. Over time, some polyps may turn into cancer. Screening tests can find polyps so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment works best.
Most colorectal cancers begin as a growth on the inner lining of the colon or rectum called a polyp. Some types of polyps can change into cancer over the course of several years, but not all polyps become cancer. The chance of changing into a cancer depends on the kind of polyp. The 2 main types of polyps are:
- Adenomatous polyps (adenomas): These polyps sometimes change into cancer. Because of this, adenomas are called a pre-cancerous condition.
- Hyperplastic polyps and inflammatory polyps: These polyps are more common, but in general they are not pre-cancerous.
Men and women who are 45 years old or older need to be screened for Colorectal Cancer. It takes guts to take the first step!
Talk to your doctor about which test is right for you.