Important facts about colorectal cancer

  • Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death in Iowa when combining men and women
  • It starts as a tiny growth or "polyp" in the colon or rectum
  • It is often preventable by getting screened and if detected early can be 90% treatable
  • You may be at higher risk if colorectal cancer runs in your family
  • You can help reduce risk through healthy diet and exercise
  • 7 out of 10 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer had no signs or symptoms