Colorectal Cancer Workgroup

The Colorectal Cancer Workgroup of the New Mexico Cancer Council works collaboratively to further the goals of the New Mexico Cancer Plan 2012-2017 and to align efforts with the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s 80% by 2018 campaign. For more information about joining the workgroup or to request colorectal cancer resources, technical assistance or support, please contact Christine Brown, DOH Comprehensive Cancer Program Manager at (505) 222-8609, or

  • Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer.
  • Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States of cancers that affect both men and women.
  • Every four minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with colorectal cancer and every 11 minutes someone dies from colorectal cancer.
  • If the majority of people in the United States ages 50-75 were screened regularly for colorectal cancer, the death rate from this disease could plummet by at least 60 percent.

Talk to your doctor about when to start screening
and which testing option is best for you.


Many preventive services, including colorectal cancer screening, are covered by insurance. If you need assistance getting coverage, visit the U.S. Health Insurance Marketplace (, or apply for Medicaid ( or Medicare (

For more information about colorectal cancer, please visit:

For information about the most current, evidence-based screening guidelines, please visit: