Mankato Clinic is reaching out to patients who are overdue for their colorectal cancer screening. Colorectal cancer, often called colon cancer, is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but clinic leaders say it doesn’t have to be.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that adults age 50 to 75 get screened for colorectal cancer every 10 years or sooner with a family history of colon cancer. Mankato Clinic officials say only 65 percent of U.S. adults are up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening and they have about 2,500 patients who are overdue for the check.

Health professionals are reaching out to patients by phone, email, and letter because they say screening saves lives.