Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. The colon and rectum are part of the body's digestive system. The colon (large intestine) and rectum (the last 7-8 inches of the intestines) absorb water and get rid of waste products when you digest your food. To learn more about the colon and rectum – where they are and how they function, visit

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers among New Yorkers. In NYS, colorectal cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women combined. Men and women of all racial and ethnic groups get colorectal cancer. It is most often found in those ages 50 and older. With regular screening, colorectal cancer can be stopped before it starts or found early, when it is easiest to treat. All men and women ages 50 and older should talk to their health care providers about being screened. If you or someone in your family has had colorectal cancer or certain other conditions, you may need to start screening earlier.