In Vermont, colorectal cancer screening rates have remained steady since 2008, with no significant, measurable change in the percentage of Vermont adults ages 50-75 that have received screening. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed and the third leading cause of cancer death in men and women in Vermont.
In 2016 Vermont's colorectal cancer screening rate was 72%, higher than the national rate of 67%. However, there are differences in rate based on race, age and location. To learn more, visit the Cancer Surveillance and Reporting webpage and check the Community Data and Cancer Data Pages.
The good news is that regular colorectal cancer screening can, in many cases, prevent colorectal cancer altogether by finding and removing polyps before they develop into cancer. Screening also provides an opportunity to find and treat cancers early, improving the chance for better outcomes.
Is it time for you to start thinking about colorectal cancer screening? The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for colorectal cancer in adults beginning at age 45 and continuing until age 75. Vermonters should talk to their provider about testing options, and which may be best for them.