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Colorectal Cancer

Prostate Cancer Statistics

Colorectal cancer screening helps people stay well and saves lives. Regular colorectal cancer testing is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer or finding it early, when it’s easier to treat. There are 2 basic types of screening tests:

Removing polyps can help prevent colorectal cancer from ever starting. And cancers found in an early stage, while they are small and before they have spread, are more easily treated. Nine out of 10 people whose colon cancer is discovered early will be alive 5 years later. And many will live a normal life span.

 

But all too often people don’t get any of these screening tests. Then the cancer can grow and spread without being noticed. Early on, colorectal cancer doesn’t usually cause any changes that are noticed (symptoms). In most cases, by the time people do have symptoms the cancer is advanced and very hard to treat.

 

Regular screening is the most reliable way to find these cancers in the early stages. Ask a doctor about the best screening plan for you.

• Tests that mainly find cancer: These involve testing the stool (feces) for signs that cancer may be present. These tests are easier, but they are also less likely to detect polyps.

 

• Tests that can find both colorectal polyps and cancer: These tests look at the structure of the colon itself to find any abnormal areas. Colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy fall in this group, along with double-contrast barium enema and CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy). These tests are preferred if they are available and you are willing to have them.

Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer death among men of all races and Hispanic origin populations. For more information, visit Cancer Among Men.

 

In 2010 (the most recent year numbers are available)

•196,038 men in the United States were diagnosed with prostate cancer.

•28,560 men in the United States died from prostate cancer.

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