What Is Colorectal Cancer?


Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be called colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start.


Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together because they have many features in common.

What Is Screening?

Screening is the process of looking for cancer in people who have no symptoms.


Several tests can be used to screen for colorectal cancer.  

The most important thing is to get screened, no matter which test you choose.



Colon cancer screening is a must >

The American Cancer Society recommends that people at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45.


consider your risk

  • High Risk

    • Those with previous CRC

    • Family history of FAP or HNPCC

  • Medium Risk

    • Previous adenomas

    • Longstanding inflammatory bowel disease

    • First degree relatives with CRC

  • Other risk factors:

    • Age

    • Sedentary lifestyle

    • Increased BMI/diet

    • Smoking



Find a clinic or physician to get screened

If you have a Primary Care Provider (PCP):

  • Talk to your PCP about screening availability

​If you don’t have Primary Care Provider (PCP):

  • Find a medical home, such as the Bayview Hunters Point Clinic at the Arthur H. Coleman Medical Center​ or

  • Contact one of our Community Partners for care

These FIT and Colonoscopy Educational Videos can help explain the importance of screening:

about colorectal cancer

how to get screened

patient education

San Francisco Cancer Initiative 2020

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