Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Utah men and women.
There are no early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Symptoms usually occur late in the disease.
Colorectal cancer is preventable.
The percentage of adults aged 50+ who have had a colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy in the past 10 years or an FOBT in the last year, 2004-2008: 62.9%
At least 75% of colorectal cancers occur in those with no family or personal history of the disease.
Controllable Risk Factors: lack of physical activity, low fruit and vegetable intake, low fiber and high fat diet, overweight and obesity, alcohol consumption,having given birth to three or more children.
A colonoscopy is the most effective and preferred way to detect colorectal cancer.
Alternative screening options include sigmoidoscopy/FOBT.
Men and women ages 50 and older should get a colonoscopy every 10 years, a sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) every year.
Men and women should consult their health insurance plan to determine coverage for colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy/FOBT.
Free colorectal cancer screening is available to Utah men and women aged 50-64 based on eligibility requirements. Call 1-800-717-1811 for the location nearest you.
Men and women diagnosed with colorectal cancer should consult with their health care provider to discuss the best treatment options available for them.
For more information, go to: http://www.health.utah.gov/ucan/