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Colorectal Cancer Burden and Access to FQHC in California

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer in California among both men and women and the third most common cause of cancer-related death (1). CRC mortality in California has declined over the past 25 years, due in part to increased screening rates (2). Early detection of CRC greatly increases survival, but more than 50% of people with CRC cases are diagnosed at a late stage (3). Californians diagnosed with CRC that is localized to the colon or rectum have a 95% 5-year survival rate (3). However, when CRC has spread to the lymph nodes, 5-year survival drops to 66%, and when the cancer has spread to distant organs, 5-year survival is only 12%. Thus, screening is essential to the early detection and successful treatment of CRC.

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