Colorectal Cancer

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is largely preventable. It is estimated that 40 out of 100 deaths from late-stage colorectal cancer are preventable if all adults aged 50 and older were routinely screened.

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  • Increasing age
  • Colorectal polyps
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Chronic inflammatory conditions of the colon such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Tobacco use, long-term smoking and secondhand smoking

The N.C. Cancer Prevention and Control Branch and CDC support informed decision making, which means talking to your doctors to:

  • Learn the nature and risks of colorectal cancer,
  • Understand the benefits and risks of the screening tests, and
  • Decide which colon cancer screening is right for you.

Colorectal Cancer in North Carolina

NC Colorectal Cancer fact sheet
Free Download: NC Colorectal Cancer Fact Sheet

Colon cancer was the second leading cause of death in North Carolina in 2012. There were 1,533 colorectal cancer deaths in 2012 and over 7,550 deaths from 2008-2012 in North Carolina. 

According to the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 70.6% of North Carolina adults over age 50 “ever had a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy screening for colorectal cancer.”

It is estimated that between 2007 and 2011, about 40 out of every 100 deaths from late-stage colorectal cancer could have been prevented if all men and women aged 50 years or older were routinely screened.

NC Cancer Resource Hub

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  • Ensure a comprehensive and collaborative approach to address the state’s cancer burden, through the N.C. State Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
  • Promote screening, outreach and education services and the use of nationally recommended colorectal cancer screening guidelines.
  • Conduct targeted outreach using evidence-based strategies to decrease disparities in colorectal cancer mortality. These efforts focus on population groups who experience high mortality rates from colorectal cancer.
  • Coordinate partnerships to promote healthy lifestyles, early detection, educate about cancer symptoms, increase access to treatment and care and enhance cancer survivors' quality of life.


  • Blue Kit Awareness Campaign with local health departments, senior centers
  • Establishment of NC Colorectal Roundtable for partners interested in reducing colorectal cancer in NC


Need help?

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