Colorectal Cancer is Preventable, Treatable, and Beatable!
In California, colorectal cancer (CRC) claims over 5,000 lives each year and is the third most common cause of death by cancer for both men and women. Since symptoms may not appear until the advanced stages of the disease, it is recommended that everyone begin regular CRC screenings at age 50.
People with a family history of CRC and others in high-risk groups may need to begin screenings before their 50th birthday. Up to 90 percent of people who develop CRC will survive if they receive a timely diagnosis and are treated before the cancer extends beyond the wall of the intestine.
For more information about being screened for CRC, speak with your doctor. If you don’t have a doctor, your county public health department may be able to assist you. Some counties provide information about local, low-cost medical services - click here for a partial list of resources.
Established in 2009 with a grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Colon Cancer Control Program (C4P) provides the following services:
- Community outreach and education.
- Professional education for medical providers.
- Collaboration with health insurers, nonprofit groups, and other stakeholders.
C4P does not provide financial assistance, colonoscopies or any other CRC screenings.