How High Is Your Colon Cancer Risk? This 1-Minute Quiz Helps You Find Out

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in the US. This quiz from Fight Colorectal Cancer will help you identify your risk.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS): Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer that affects both men and women in the US. The good news, as the ACS says, is that in general, the rate of people being diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer each year has dropped overall since the mid-1980s, thanks in large part to mainstream awareness about the importance of screenings.

However, growing numbers of younger adults have been receiving diagnoses in recent decades, with rates of colorectal cancer in people under age 50 increasing one to two percent every year since the mid-1990s. (Some experts say a diet heavy in processed foods is often a player in this rising trend.)

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But how can you tell if you’re at risk of colorectal cancer? The American Cancer Society says although having certain risk factors does not necessarily mean you will get the disease—and having no risk factors does not necessarily mean you won’t—research has still identified several traits that could raise your risk.

To help determine your colorectal cancer risk, take the quiz below from Fight Colorectal Cancer, which describes itself as America’s “leading patient-empowerment and advocacy organization” for colorectal cancer.

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Miranda is the Associate Editor for and The Healthy section of Reader's Digest magazine. Previously, Miranda was a producer at WNIT, the PBS affiliate in South Bend, Indiana; and the producer in residence for Minneapolis TV news KARE 11, where she won an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award for producing gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Derek Chauvin trial. Miranda also interned at Chicago’s PBS station, WTTW, and worked as the managing editor at the Columbia Chronicle at Columbia College. Outside of work, Miranda enjoys acting, board games, and trying her hand at a good vegan dessert recipe. She also loves talking about TV—so tell her what you’re watching!