60 Seconds to Greater Health: Colorectal Cancer

This content is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente

March 1, 2019

This is Dr. Steven Feitelberg from Kaiser Permanente San Diego with a message about the importance of colorectal cancer screenings.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. With appropriate screening, however, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.

That's why it is critical to get screened. The earlier polyps can be detected and removed, the less likely it is they will turn into cancer. Generally speaking, men and women should begin screening at age 50. If you have a family history of colon cancer, you may need to start getting screened earlier. 

Talk with your personal physician about when getting screened is right for you.

And remember, adopting a healthy lifestyle which includes maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and avoiding tobacco products helps to prevent all forms of cancer.

For more information, visit us at kp.org/sandiego.