African Americans are 20% more likely to get colorectal cancer and 40% more likely to die from it. However, colorectal cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers, and it’s beatable in 90% of cases when detected early, before it has spread.
The most common symptoms of colorectal cancer include:
Many of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions.
Because colorectal cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms, (especially in the early stages) and because the number of cases in people under 50 is expected to almost double by 2030, men and women at average risk (no symptoms, no family history of the disease) should begin getting screened at age 45.
No matter your age, if you have any of the symptoms listed above it is important to be checked by your healthcare provider as soon as possible. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, please use this resource to find one in your area.
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