Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 03, 2023

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time to highlight colorectal cancer and to share screening recommendations. 

Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the United States. Approximately 1 in 23 men and 1 in 25 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. Everyone should be screened starting at age 45; when colorectal cancer is found at an early stage before it has spread, the 5 year relative survival rate is about 90%.

There are a several options for screening. A few include:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT)
  • Multi-targeted stool DNA test (mt-sDNA)

Learn more about these screening options. 

The Iowa Primary Care Association and Iowa's community health centers have been working to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in Iowa through evidence-based intervention, community partnerships, education and training. This Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, schedule an appointment with one of Iowa's community health centers to discuss colorectal cancer screening and prevention.