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Employer-sponsored colorectal cancer screenings

Why is screening for colorectal cancer important?

According to the American Cancer Society® (ACS), colorectal cancer is a cancer that begins in the colon or rectum. Generally, colorectal cancers begin as growths (called polyps) that can develop into cancer over time.

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for adult men and women in the United States. According to ACS, more than 52,000 people will die from it in the United States in 2024.1 If detected early in stage I, colorectal cancer is often treatable, with the 5-year survival rate at an average of 90%. But once the disease spreads, the survival rate plummets to less than 10%.2

Early-stage colorectal cancer can be found through routine colorectal cancer screenings, but only 40% of colorectal cancers are found in stages I or II. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 3 American adults who should be screened for colorectal cancer, have never been screened.2 Incorporating a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) as part of employer-sponsored wellness programs is a non-invasive, cost-effective way to help employees stay up-to-date on their colorectal cancer screenings.

1. American Cancer Society. Key statistics for colorectal cancer. January 29, 2024. Accessed March 19, 2024. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/types/colon-rectal-cancer/about/key-statistics.html 

2. American Cancer Society. Can colorectal polyps and cancer be found early? January 29, 2024. Accessed March 19, 2024. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/types/colon-rectal-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/detection.html