Colon Cancer

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

After a year of possibly delayed colorectal cancer screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to raise awareness for colorectal cancer.

Medical staff posing at the LOVE sculpture

Renown medical professionals pose at the LOVE sculpture for colon cancer awareness month.

Did you know that your genes can put you at risk for developing colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer? It’s true! In fact, 1 in 500 Americans will test positive for Lynch Syndrome, a genetic condition that raises your risk of colon cancer, endometrial cancer, and other cancers.

When it comes to colon cancer, early intervention saves lives. That’s why the Healthy Nevada Project notifies participants who test positive for Lynch Syndrome, and therefore are at higher risk for developing colon cancer.

Participate in the Healthy Nevada Project to find out if you have Lynch Syndrome

Inherited genetic risks.

Risk factors for colon cancer:

  • Lynch Syndrome
  • Family history of colon cancer or colorectal polyps
  • Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Lack of regular physical activity
  • A low-fiber and high-fat diet
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Tobacco use

Ways to reduce your risk of colon cancer:

  • Participate in the Healthy Nevada Project to find out if you have Lynch Syndrome
  • Talk to your doctor about colorectal cancer screenings
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Incorporate exercise into your routine
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit alcohol consumption
Watch how the Healthy Nevada Project is returning life-saving clinical results to participants

Want to Join? Find out more about how to participate