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Colorectal Cancer Screenings


More Minnesotans die of colorectal cancer than either breast or prostate cancer. Only lung cancer kills more people. Age-appropriate colorectal cancer screening tests offer a powerful opportunity for prevention, early detection and successful treatment of the disease.

For most people, colorectal cancers develop slowly over a number of years. The disease is more common in people over 50 and the risk increases with age. Screening can prevent colorectal cancer by identifying polyps which are bumps on the surface of the colon caused by a growth of tissue. If polyps are found and removed early it can prevent cancer from forming. 

Age-appropriate colorectal cancer screening tests are widely available, yet only 45 percent of colorectal cancers in Minnesota are diagnosed at an early stage, when they can be more successfully treated (American Cancer Society). It is recommended that people age 50 and older receive screening tests for colorectal cancer. View our Colorectal Cancer Screening Report to see how many patients in your community are receiving this important test.