Colorectal cancer begins as a tiny growth (polyp) in the colon or rectum that has become cancerous. The disease has been associated with a number of lifestyle factors that include being overweight or obese, being physically inactive, eating a diet of red meat and processed meat, consuming alcohol and using tobacco products. Other factors, such as genetics and family history can increase one’s risk.
Multiple screening options including a colonoscopy and simple take home tests are available. Some types of screening tests detect polyps and allow them to be removed before turning into cancer. Read more about colorectal cancer.
Measures are presented as either annual data at the state level or as five year aggregate data at the county level.
View the measures and access data charts, tables, and maps