Colorectal Cancer (cont.)
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Screening for colorectal cancer
Some tests can prevent colorectal cancer. Screening tests look for a certain disease or condition before any symptoms appear. Experts recommend routine colon cancer testing for everyone age 50 and older who has a normal risk for colon cancer. Your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent testing if you have a higher risk for colon cancer. Talk to your doctor about when you should be tested.
Fewer than half of people who are older than 50 are screened for colorectal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, if everyone were tested, tens of thousands of lives could be saved each year.
The following guidelines are for people who do not have an increased risk for colorectal cancer.
Recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Recommendations from other groups
For more information, see:
Here are other things you can do to help prevent colorectal cancer:
What to think about
If you have a very strong family history of colon cancer, you may want to talk to your doctor or a genetic counselor about having a blood test to look for changed genes. Genetic testing can tell you whether you carry a changed, or mutated, gene that can cause colon cancer. Having certain genes greatly increases your risk of colon cancer.
You have a very strong family history if each of the following is true:
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