Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (CRCP)

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Maryland and the leading cause of cancer death in Howard County. Colorectal cancer affects both women and men. Colorectal cancer may be prevented through recommended screening, early detection, and treatment.  (See our videos below.)

Facts About Colorectal Cancer

  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause cancer deaths in the U.S.
  • Screening, diagnosis and treatment can prevent colorectal cancer because it can detect precancerous growths, called polyps, in the colon and rectum. Although most polyps will not become cancerous, removing them can prevent cancer from occurring.
  • People with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, or offspring) who has had colorectal cancer have 2 to 3 times the risk of dePurple Ribbonveloping the disease compared to individuals with no family history. If the relative was diagnosed at a young age or if there is more than one affected relative, risk increases to 3 to 6 times that of the general population.