FACT: Colon Cancer Is the 3rd Most Common Cancer in the US

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. In 2016, the American Cancer Society estimates there were 95,270 new cases of colon cancer and 39,220 new cases of rectal cancer.

Despite it being one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers, there is a struggle for awareness of the disease and its prevention. When found early, it’s one of the most treatable cancers, but to be found people need to get screened. 

Encouraging people to get screened is a big part of our battle, especially in Nebraska where only 62.1% of people over 50 get screened. That’s one of the lowest rates in the country. 

We are participating in a nationwide initiative to increase that number to 80%, and you can help! Encourage the people in your life to get screened. Especially if they are over 50, experiencing concerning symptoms, or have a family history of colon cancer or polyps. 

Mikala Harden