Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death. But it doesn't have to be this way; through screening, it is one of the most preventable diseases. Learn more colon cancer facts and stats.

Risk Factors

Colon cancer is most often found in people 50 years or older but is currently on the rise in younger groups. Family history also has a significant impact on one's risk. In fact, people with a first-degree relative who has colon cancer are 2-3 times more likely to develop the disease. Learn more about colon cancer risk factors.


Colon cancer screening saves lives. Screening detects precancerous polyps and allows them to be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colon cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most effective. Take control of your life and your health — if you're turning 50 or are experiencing abnormal symptoms, get screened. And urge those you love to do the same. Learn more about screening methods and resources.