Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. It is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in Ontario for men and the third-leading cause for women (Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Statistics 2016).

When found early, there is a 90% chance of curing colorectal cancer

Take Action

Average risk men and women aged 50 and older:

Men and women with a family history of colorectal cancer:

  • Colonoscopy at age 50, or ten years earlier than the age at which a parent, brother, sister or child was diagnosed, whichever occurs first

Talk with your doctor or nurse if:

  • personal history of benign polyps or inflammatory bowel disease  — screening can occur earlier than age 50

  • Age – being 50 years or older
  • Family History – having a parent, sibling or child with colorectal cancer
  • Personal medical history – having polyps in the colon or rectum or long-standing, extensive inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)
  • Lifestyle habits – eating a diet that is low in fibre and high in animal fats, being physically inactive, smoking, being obese, and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol