We have the tools we need to prevent colorectal cancer. Yet it’s still the third most common cancer diagnosis, excluding skin cancer, in men and women.

Colorectal cancer often begins as non-cancerous polyps, or growths, in the colon. If these polyps are caught early and removed, cancer can often be prevented.

The most effective preventive measure against colorectal cancer is a colorectal cancer screening. There are three screening options: a fecal occult blood test (yearly), a sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years) or a colonoscopy (every 10 years). Talk to your physician to determine which test makes the most sense for you.