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Colorectal Cancer in West Virginia

Colorectal cancer is West Virginia’s second leading cause of cancer related deaths...even though it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented.hispanic doctor.jpg
Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus. The wall of the colon and rectum is made up of several layers.
Before colorectal cancer develops, it usually begins as a non-cancerous polyp on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. Though most polyps will not become cancerous, detecting and removing them through screening can actually prevent cancer from occurring.

Through proper screening, polyps in the colon can be found and removed before they turn cancerous.

This toolkit was created through the Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition as a resource for community members and organizations to access important information related to colon cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Screening for Providers

This toolkit was created through the Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition as a resource for primary care providers to access important information about colorectal cancer screening along with interventions to enhance colorectal cancer screening practices in your clinic. The interventions listed in this toolkit are based on the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommendations to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. Portions of this toolkit have been adapted from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s ‘80% by 2018 Resource Packet.’

 West Virginia Colorectal Cancer Incidence Rates
Table one shows West Virginia’s average annual newly diagnosed cases of colorectal cancer in total population and in the population over 50 years of age, as well as the number of newly diagnosed cases in those over age 50 found in the late stage. 
Table two compares West Virginia and United States colorectal cancer incidence rates.  West Virginia has incidence rates significantly higher than the United States as a whole, both in total population and population aged 50 years and older.
Table One:  Colorectal Cancer I​​ncidence Rates
West Virginia
Table Two:  Colorectal Cancer Incidence Rates per 100,000 population
Average number of new cases diagnosed each year
West Virginia
United States
Average number of new cases diagnosed each year in persons over age 50
Colorectal Cancer Incidence Rates among adults 50 and over per 100,000 population
Average number of new cases diagnosed at late stage each year in persons over age 50
West Virginia
United States
Health Promotion and Chronic Disease
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