Screening for Colorectal Cancer

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Although the number of people affected with colorectal cancer (CRC) is declining, it is still the second most common form of cancer in men and the third most common form of cancer in women. In 2007, an estimated 20,800 Canadians will be diagnosed with CRC and 8,700 will die of it. On average, 400 Canadians will be diagnosed with CRC and 167 will die of CRC every week. Regular screening can diagnose the disease at an early stage when it is more treatable, therefore reducing mortality.

The It's Your Health article on Screening for Colorectal Cancer has been updated with new information and is now available.