Information on Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women, and the second most common cause of U.S. cancer deaths when men and women are combined. Each year, about 2,500 Minnesotans get colorectal cancer and about 850 die from it. Screening tests, including colonoscopies, are one of the best ways to help prevent colorectal cancer. Screening can often find colorectal cancer early, when it is more likely to be cured.

The American Cancer Society recommends getting a colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50 (for most people), eating a healthy, low-fat diet and reducing sources of animal fat; avoiding tobacco; limiting alcohol consumption; and increasing your level of physical activity to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.

To learn more about colorectal cancer, click on one of the links below:

American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Minnesota Cancer Alliance
Minnesota Public Health Data Access


If you are interested in receiving a free colonoscopy to get screened for colorectal cancer, please call Sage Scopes at 1-888-643-2584 (mention code ScopesWeb) to see if you’re eligible.

Updated Wednesday, March 05, 2014 at 11:25AM