What Is Colorectal Cancer Screening?

A colon cancer screening test is used to look for a disease when a person doesn’t have symptoms.

Colorectal cancer mostly develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests are able to find precancerous polyps so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

Screening guidelines

Screenings usually begin at the age of 50. The key is to prevent colon cancer from developing. It is usually recommended that adults from ages 50 to 75 be screened for colorectal cancer. Be sure to follow up with your primary care provider if you have any questions regarding a screening.

 

WHEN SHOULD YOU BEGIN YOUR SCREENING?

You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50 if-

  • You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.

If you think you are at increased risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor about when to begin screening.

 

 

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